The American giant Qualcomm announced a new chipset aimed at entry-level smartphones. Snapdragon 215 is a significant upgrade over Snapdragon 212. It soon gained a 64-bit processor. It also has a faster graphics card and support for dual cameras.
The new chipset is developed with the 28nm processor. This is exactly what happens with the Snapdragon 212. However, the difference lies in the cores. The new processor has four Cortex-A53 cores operating at 1.3 GHz. This is in contrast to the SD 212 chipset, which had four Cortex-A7 cores.
According to ARM, the Cortex-A53 cores are 50% faster than the four A7 cores within the old chipset. In fact, 64-bit is the biggest update. The new chipset also features the Adreno 308 graphics card, which is the same graphics chip as the Snapdragon 425 chipset. Qualcomm claims that this board guarantees a modest 28% increase over the Adreno 304 graphics card of the SD 212.
Includes Dual ISP Feature
However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 has a dual ISP. In fact, it is the first model in the Snapdragon 200 series to have it. Dual ISP significantly improves camera support. Thus, the Snapdragon 215 can handle a 13MP camera or two 8MP modules. In this way, it is possible to include a tele-objective or an in-depth sensor. In addition, the chipset also supports an updated 1080p video recording. The SD212 supports only a single 8MP sensor and 720p video recording.
The new processor supports a maximum screen resolution of 720p. The ratio is not restricted to the 16: 9 ratio as it was in SD 212. Thus, it also includes support for the 19: 9 ratio. There are also some improvements in connectivity with the inclusion of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.2. The NFC has also been upgraded, making the chipset support Android Pay. Other enhancements include dual VoLTE and EVS voice calls (“Ultra HD voice calls”). It is once again the first model of the 200 series to have this feature.
Now the weak point. The new chipset should only support Quick Charge 1.0, which has a maximum power of 10W. The SD 212 supports QC 2.0 (up to 18W).