As expected, on Monday Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 410 chipset, the company’s first mobile chipset that supports 64-bit processing. The new Snapdragon also arrives with integrated LTE World Mode, allowing the company to take aim at low-end devices and emerging markets such as China. Qualcomm follows Apple, the latter of which introduced the first 64-bit smartphone chip in the iPhone 5S back in September.
"The delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China," reads the company’s announcement.
The new Snapdragon 410 chipset is manufactured using 28nm technology, the same processing tech it uses for its fastest chips such as the Snapdragon 800, which powers the Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3. The chipset also features the Adreno 306 GPU, enabling support for 1080p video playback. The new Snapdragon even supports up to a 13MP camera, all major modes and frequency bands across the globe, and Dual and Triple SIM.
The Snapdragon 410 chipset also features Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC functionality, and supports all major navigation constellations (GPS, GLONASS, and China’s new BeiDou). All major operating systems, including the Android, Windows Phone and Firefox operating systems, are supported by the new Snapdragon as well.
"We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 ( ̴ 1,000 RMB) price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor," said Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. "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."
The Snapdragon 410 processor is anticipated to begin sampling in the first half of 2014, and expected to be in commercial devices in the second half of 2014, the company revealed.