You might remember back at CES last month, when Qualcomm introduced us to the Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors, which are meant for high-end devices. Like the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro which are packing the Snapdragon 600 processor. Today, Qualcomm has introduced us to the Snapdragon 400 and 200 processors which are for mid-range and low-end devices. So we’ll start out with the Snapdragon 400 processor.
The Snapdragon 400 is designed to bring you performance, connectivity and battery life that users expect in high volume smartphones and tablets. The Snapdragon 400 also has the following features:
- CPU options include:
- Dual Krait CPUs running at up to 1.7GHz per core featuring Asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing (aSMP), which delivers peak performance while staying extremely efficient
- Quad ARM® Cortexâ„¢-A7 CPUs running at up to 1.4GHz per core which delivers great performance for entry level devices
- Adreno 305 GPU, enabling 3D gaming, highly responsive user interfaces and fast web browsing
- Support for all the key modem technologies that matter around the world, including 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)
- LPDDR2 or LPDDR3 RAM (Low Power Double Data Rate) Fast RAM gives a speed boost to memory operations, increasing the speed at which data flows to each component and boosting performance throughout the entire processor
- Rich multimedia capabilities like advanced camera features (up to 13.5MP), premium audio, and 1080p video capture and playback are all supported
- Support for Miracastâ„¢, a wireless display technology that streams content from your mobile device to an HDTV
Snapdragon 400 processors have part numbers 8226, 8626, 8230, 8630, 8930 8030AB, 8630AB, and 8930AB.
The Snapdragon 200 is the lower end of these two processors, and is designed to bring you a balance of value and performance, including robust connectivity and better battery life for entry level smartphones. The Snapdragon 200 has the following features:
- Quad ARM Cortex-A5 CPUs up to 1.4GHz per core
- Hexagonâ„¢ QDSP5
- Adrenoâ„¢ 203 GPU
- LPDDR 2 RAM
- HD video playback
- CDMA multimode/UMTS modem options
- High-accuracy GPS
- Multi-SIM capabilities of Dual Sim Dual Standby
- Up to 8 Megapixel camera support
The Snapdragon 200 have the part numbers 8225Q and 8625Q. So when you see those in leaked benchmarks for new devices, you’ll know it’s a low-end device most likely.
It’s pretty exciting to see these new processors, especially since they are low-end and mid-range processors. It really shows you how mobile technology is changing. Just a few years ago, these would have been classified as high-end processors. So now we have the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600 and 800. I wonder what Qualcomm will have in store for us at Mobile World Congress next week? Let us know what you think about these new processors in the comments below.