Qualcomm Intros Snapdragon 400 and 200 Mobile Processors

Two CPU families aimed at mid and entry-level smartphones

Earlier this year, chip maker Qualcomm went official with its new series of processors aimed at high-end smartphones and tablet PCs, namely the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 600 families, but it seems that those were not the only chipsets that the company was preparing for us.

On Wednesday, the company made official the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 processors, both of which have been developed for the mid-tier and the entry level of the market.

The new Snapdragon 400 chip was meant to provide performance, connectivity and battery life for high-volume smartphones and tablets, the company notes.

The chipset comes with dual Krait CPUs clocked at up to 1.7GHz per core, with Asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing (aSMP), which translates into peak performance and increased efficiency.

There is also the option of having quad ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs inside the processor, clocked at up to 1.4GHz per core, aimed at bringing increased performance capabilities to entry-level devices.

Furthermore, Qualcomm notes that the chip arrives with Adreno 305 GPU for 3D gaming, and that it also offers support for TDSCDMA, DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps), 1x Advanced, W+G CDMA, and multi-SIM capabilities of Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS) and Dual SIM, Dual Active (DSDA).

With LPDDR2 or LPDDR3 RAM (Low Power Double Data Rate) Fast RAM, there’s a speed boost to memory operations, paired with support for rich multimedia capabilities, including advanced camera features (up to 13.5MP), 1080p video capture and playback, and more.

Furthermore, the Snapdragon 400 processors, which include the 8226, 8626, 8230, 8630, 8930, 8030AB, 8230AB, 8630AB and 8930AB part numbers, come with support for Miracast, enabling streaming of content from mobile devices to an HDTV.

The Snapdragon 200 processor, on the other hand, can offer balance between value and performance, while featuring quad ARM Cortex-A5 CPUs clocked at up to 1.4GHz per core, Hexagon QDSP5, Adreno 203 GPU, and LPDDR 2 RAM.

The processors, which include part numbers 8225Q and 8625Q, come with HD video playback, CDMA multimode/UMTS modem options, high-accuracy GPS, Multi-SIM capabilities of Dual SIM Dual Standby, and support for cameras of up to 8-megapixels.

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