US-based chipmaker Qualcomm on Monday launched its new mobile platform or chipset, 205 Mobile Platform which will quickly push the entry-level 4G VoLTE feature phone ecosystem in India. The chipset is available to OEMs and ODMs with devices expected to reach consumers in the second quarter of 2017.
The company said that the new platform is designed for OEMs and ODMs that service consumers who may otherwise be unable to gain access to high quality, affordable, reliable mobile devices. This includes emerging regions, such as those in India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
“India and the South East Asia regions present growth opportunities in the telecom space with 4G adoption rising and continued adoption of feature phones. The launch of Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform presents a unique opportunity for OEMs, operators and content providers to extend superior experiences to users by enabling data on feature phones,” said Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president, Asia Pacific and India, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. “A greater percentage of the population will now have access to data and services at speeds that help dramatically improve user experience.”
As operators around the world redefine subscription plans to take greater advantage of robust LTE network rollouts, devices with the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform are designed to support consumers, micro-enterprises, and others, to economically communicate using advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi).
Bringing 4G and other advanced connectivity features to emerging regions can have a profound effect on those served. From a business point of view, small enterprises, that make up a large percentage of the economy in regions such as India and Southeast Asia, will have more reliable, faster and more secure access to process financial transactions. Multiple days of battery life means reduced need to charge, important for those who may not always have access to a reliable power source. Faster download speeds allow for on-demand content including music and videos.
Qualcomm 205 SoC comes equipped with LTE Cat 4 modem with up to 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload. It supports 4G, 3G and 2G networks. The SoC comes with dual core CPU clocked at 1.1 GHz and Adreno GPU, and comes with support for Linux based OS and dual SIMs. It comes with 3 megapixel rear camera and 3MP selfie camera, and also comes with VGA display at 480p 60 frames per-second. The SoC supports HD Video streaming,
“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.”