Snapdragon resides in many high-end gadgets such as the HTC One and the Galaxy S4, which by the way are pricey handsets. But with the upcoming Snapdragon 410, the brawn inside these top-notch brand names would be easily accessible for most consumers.
The Snapdragon 410 processing chip, according to Engadget, is a 28nm SoC that will boast of an Adreno 306 on the GPU side. Despite its advanced architecture, the 410 was developed for the mass market.
That would mean devices that will be powered by this dynamo will be relatively cheap. Imagine the next batch of Nexus and Nokia devices showing off superlative capabilities but never asking too much cash.
The target retail price for a device on Snapdragon 410 is no more than $150.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 410 is suitable with Google's Android platform as well as Microsoft's Windows 8. Support is also extended to Firefox OS, which is expected to fire up a number of devices in the quarter ahead.
Now if the 410 indeed will come cheap and as promised by Qualcomm that volume production should be ready by second half of 2014, Google and Nokia may just be prompted to use the chip on their planned flagships.
The Nexus 5 successor would be in Snapdragon 410 and will be snappier yet Google would not be compelled to increase the device's price point. The same applies with the Nexus tablet and the numerous Lumia gadgets that run on Windows.
And what users are exactly getting should they decide to buy on the 410 architecture?
For one, a multimedia experience that is both mobile and top of the line. The chip fully supports 1080p clip playback and likely video creation too as the camera attributes can go as high as 13MP with ease.
Full wireless connectivity is also on the menu as GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth are all part of the whole package that is the Snapdragon 410.
And the best part, LTE capability is hardwired too with the chip, which Qualcomm said should work on all existing LTE infra around the world, including the tricky standards that are in place in China.
So by Christmas time 2014, consumers will have easier time jotting down smartphones and tablets with super-fast LTE and 64-bit computing standard on their holiday shopping list, not minding at all about the cash setback.
The likelihood is, these devices will be produced by giant names such as Google, Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and Nokia of course.
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