Qualcomm’s 205 Mobile Platform to Bring 4G LTE, VoLTE Connectivity to Feature Phones

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Xiaomi is not the only brand who held an event in New Delhi today. Qualcomm, the famous chip maker at a launch event in New Delhi, has announced its new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform. Last week, Qualcomm announced that it won't be branding the low-end chipsets with Snapdragon. Instead, the company will call it as Qualcomm Mobile Platform, and we're already witnessing how this change works.

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The new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones. The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform includes the Qualcomm 205 SoC, which encompasses the baseband functionalities, plus hardware components including RF front end, discrete Wi-Fi, power management, audio codec, speaker amplifier, and software, all to enable a comprehensive mobile solution.

The Qualcomm 205 SoC features include LTE Cat 4 modem delivering speeds up to 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload, support for 4G, 3G, and 2G networks. The new SoC also has support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, and FM Radio. The chipset will be using dual core CPU with clock speeds of 1.1 GHz and Qualcomm Adreno GPU for graphic intensive tasks. It can also support 3MP rear and front-facing camera.

“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the migration of users and networks from 2G, 2.5G, and 3G to 4G,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Feature phones are a lifeline in many emerging countries, and the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform allows us to bring 4G connectivity and services to the masses with devices at price points never seen before.” he also quoted.

The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is available today with devices expected to reach consumers in Q2 2017. For delivering the 4G feature phones, the chip maker has partnered with brands such as

  • Borqs
  • CKT
  • Flex
  • FIH/Megafone
  • HiPad
  • Huiye
  • LYF
  • Micromax
  • Reliance Jio
  • TCL
  • TSM
  • Uniscope
  • Viroyal/Feixun

If the rumours are believed to be true, Reliance Jio is also working on a 4G feature phone with 4G VoLTE support and the image of the phone was leaked as well. Last week, Indian smartphone brand, Micromax also said that they would be releasing a VoLTE supported feature phone, namely, the Bharat 1 in next two weeks.

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