Qualcomm this week said that it will begin shipping a new Snapdragon chipset with 4G LTE capabilities for lower-priced smartphones next year.
The Snapdragon 410 chipset is aimed at consumers in China and other emerging markets where 4G LTE coverage is coming online, Qualcomm said. The company said it would begin sampling the new chipset to handset manufacturers in the first six months of 2014 and that it was expected to begin appearing in commercial devices by the second half of the year.
In addition to supporting 4G LTE and 3G mobile connectivity "for all major modes and frequency bands across the globe," the 410 chipset features a 64-bit ARM-based application processor, the Adreno 306 graphics engine, and support for dual- and triple-SIM.
Qualcomm's subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies was responsible for the development of the chipset.
"We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub-$150 price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing," Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm Technologies, China, said in a statement.
In an affordable package designed for high-volume, low-cost smartphones, the Snapdragon 410 chipset still manages to support 1080p video playback and up to a 13-megapixel camera, Qualcomm said. The Snapdragon 410 will be paired with Qualcomm's RF360 chip, with the full package delivering "WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, and support [for] all major navigation constellations: GPS, GLONASS, and China's new BeiDou," the company said.
Qualcomm also said that its intention is to integrate 4G LTE "across all of the Snapdragon product tiers" available for makers of mobile devices.
"The Snapdragon 410 processor gives the 400 product tier several 4G LTE options for high-volume mobile devices, as the third LTE-enabled solution in the product tier. By offering 4G LTE variants to its entry-level smartphone lineup, Qualcomm Technologies ensures that emerging regions are equipped for this transition while also having every major 2G and 3G technology available to them," the chip maker added.