This could also make the entry-level segment more attractive with taller displays and dual cameras. It supports 64-bit operating system like Android Go and will be future proof when Google mandates 64-bit apps starting August 1, 2019.
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The Snapdragon 215 also offers a set of upgrades that revolve around cameras. With support from the company's 3 party ecosystem, dual cameras can enable optical zoom and depth sensing, resulting in overall improved detail rich photos.
"Featuring a 64-bit CPU and dual-ISPs, the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform is a significant milestone for the expansion of the entire mobile industry", said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Another first for the series is that the inclusion of this modem allows for the chip to connect to Wi-Fi 802.11ac, also known as Wi-Fi 5.
The budget mobile platform's main highlight is support for Dual ISP, meaning that budget smartphones with Qualcomm 215 chips can support dual cameras, rated at up to 8MP. According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 215 is 50 percent faster than its predecessor. When Qualcomm revealed the 3100 previous year, it claimed the larger node used was an intentional power-saving decision, and that the chip would operate more efficiently in a low-power state for longer periods. Based on Qualcomm's own tests using a reference device with a 3000mAh battery pack, the Snapdragon 215 supports up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 20 hours of voice calls. Other improvements include; dual VoLTE and EVS Voice calls ("Ultra HD Voice Calls"), yet again the first 200-series model to have such. It's also got a more powerful and efficient Adreno 308 GPU, and more importantly, it also carries support for Qualcomm's Quick Charge fast-charging technology. It's certainly disappointing news for those of us who are looking to upgrade in the near future.