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Qualcomm Makes Feature Phone Superchip

Paul Rubens - March 20, 2017 - 11:24 AM
Qualcomm Makes Feature Phone Superchip
Phone makers will be able to make high-specced, but low cost feature phones using the new 205 Mobile Platform chip.

(CCM) — The Nokia 3310 phone was one of the stars of Mobile World Congress last month, and chip-maker Qualcomm believes it has figured out a way to cash in on the wave of enthusiasm for retro feature phones. The company has just announced its 205 Mobile Platform, a cheap system on a chip (SoC) suitable for low-cost feature phones. Equipped with the 2015 chip they will be able to offer fast LTE data connections of up to 150 Mbps, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, VGA-level displays, and a 3 MP camera and video capture at 480p resolution at 30 FPS.

The Nokia 3310 can only offer 2G connections for slow data service and voice calls, but similar feature phones equipped with a 205 chip would offer performance and features similar to low-end smart phones at a fraction of the price. That means that as well as appealing to consumers looking for a novelty retro phone, there could be huge demand for the chip in low cost phones in developing countries where the vast majority of phones purchased are feature phones. The 205 chip supports mobile-based secure payment systems, which are also very popular in developing countries. The first feature phones with the 2015 chip are expected to ship in the second quarter of the year.
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