Qualcomm has already given us a look at the Snapdragon 805, the processor which could power many of the top-of-the-range smartphones next year, and has now announced the Snapdragon 410, which is aimed at the opposite end of the market. However, just because it’s headed for a cheaper phone, doesn’t make it less exciting.
The name implies it’s a sequel to the Snapdragon 400, which powers hardware such as the Motorola Moto G, but rather than being a simple evolution, it’s actually Qualcomm’s first 64-bit capable chip. Apple pushed the 64-bit chip into the limelight a few months ago, when its new iPhone 5S became the first phone to use 64-bit architecture.
At the moment, Android runs on 32-bit chips and software, but this is expected to change in the future, and Qualcomm clearly means to be ready. Benefits of 64-bit chips include better multi-tasking, more detailed graphics, and faster overall performance. The Snapdragon 410 isn’t only destined for Android phones either, as Qualcomm states it’ll also power hardware running Windows Phone and Mozilla’s new Firefox OS.
Qualcomm also seems to be targeting emerging marketing such as China with the Snapdragon 410, as it has equipped it with support for 4G LTE and the China-specific BeiDou navigation system. Low-cost 4G phones are expected to be big business there in 2014. Phones using the processor could also have dual or triple SIM slots and 13-megapixel cameras.
According to the press release, Qualcomm estimates phones using the 410 will be priced at £150 or less, and will go on sale towards the end of 2014.