Qualcomm might launch QM215 chipset for entry-level and Android Go smartphones

“The QM215 will not be a part of Snapdragon series but will be called Qualcomm Mobile 215 Platform

The market for affordable and entry-level smartphones is growing thanks to Android Go platforms and takers in developing markets. It seems that the leading chipmaker Qualcomm is working on a new chipset for the same. A latest report suggest that the company is testing QM215, which will be separate from its Snapdragon series of processors.

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A report by WinFuture.de suggests that the new processor will be called Qualcomm Mobile 215 Platform and will likely be related to the Snapdragon 410 and 425. The new processor is tipped to come with a quad-core processor, which are likely to be Cortex-A53 cores. The processor will be clocked at 1.3GHz and while details of GPU are not known, the clock speed will be 650MHz. As of now, it would be safe to assume that the chipset will be fabricated with the same 28nm die size as the Snapdragon 410 and Snapdragon 425 SoCs. However, it’s quite possible that the company might utilise a better die size for the next chipset.

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The speculations regarding the new chipset being designed for Android Go smartphones stems from the report that Qualcomm is making use of reference designs with 1GB/2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB/16GB storage. Furthermore, the latest report states that Huawei is also involved in the development process. The company is tipped to be testing the QM215 chipset on HD displays and fingerprint scanners. However, there is no other word on other details of the upcoming processor.

For the uninitiated, the Android Go platform has been designed for smartphones with lower powered spec-sheet such as low memory and internal storage. The operating system has been optimised to run smoother on entry-level devices and comes with Go edition apps from Google’s suite, such as Google Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go and others