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New Qualcomm 215 platform can elevate next-gen budget devices with dual cameras and 64-bit computing

Qualcomm launches the new 215 platform. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm launches the new 215 platform. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has introduced the latest iteration of its 2-series for entry-level mobile devices. The 215 is the first of this line to support dual image signalling processors (ISPs) and 64-bit processing. It would also introduce HD+ resolution to the phones in which it will be integrated.

Qualcomm has unveiled the next generation of the 2-series of CPUs, the 215. This chipset is intended fcor the cost-effective mobile devices of the future. The Qualcomm 215 is based on quad ARM Cortex-A53 cores and the Adreno 308 GPU, and brings dual image signalling processors (ISPs) to this tier of mobile computing. This means that devices corresponding to it can support dual cameras with a resolution of up to 13MP (depending on their prospective OEM).

The 215 can also bring 64-bit processing to budget devices. Qualcomm also claims that it can improve performance on the same by up to 50% compared to the previous 2-series generation. Phones that integrate the 215 may also be upgraded to HD+ resolution, and may also be able to support 5 days or more of audio playback due to the CPU's Hexagon DSP.

The Qualcomm 215 also incorporates the Snapdragon X5 modem, so that devices with this SoC can use LTE of speeds up to Cat 4 with Carrier Aggregation. This modem also allows for EVS Voice calling and dual SIM support, in which case the device in question would also support dual Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE).

Finally, the Qualcomm 215 can also facilitate 802.11ac Wi-Fi and NFC Payments on Android. Devices based on it may be available as early as the second half of 2019.


Qualcomm News Release

New Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform Raises the Bar for Mass Market Devices

Designed to Support 64-bit CPU, Dual-ISPs, and Multi-Day Battery Life

SAN DIEGO — July 9, 2019 — Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced the newest addition to its 2-series, the Qualcomm® 215 Mobile Platform. This platform aims to bring leading mobile experiences to entry-level smartphone buyers who need reliable, lasting performance.

“Featuring a 64-bit CPU and dual-ISPs, the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform is a significant milestone for the expansion of the entire mobile industry,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We’re raising the bar for mass market devices and enabling experiences that were never before possible in the 2-series.”

Performance and Battery Life[1]

Featuring four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, Qualcomm 215 is designed to deliver up to 50% increased CPU performance compared to the previous generation. This introduction of the first 64-bit CPU in the 2-series signifies a big boost in performance and offers better device longevity via support for modern 64-bit applications. In order to deliver lasting performance, Qualcomm 215 features an integrated Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP engineered to support up to 5+ days of music playback. The Qualcomm® Adreno™ 308 GPU and the display technologies support up to 10+ hours of video playback. Qualcomm 215 also supports Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ technology, which is engineered to allow users to charge up to 75% faster than traditional implementations, allowing for lower power and thermal dissipation, and reduced charge times, without virtually any performance tradeoffs.


Qualcomm 215 features dual ISPs, a first in the 2-series, which means it can support dual camera. With support from our 3rd party ecosystem, dual cameras can enable optical zoom and depth sensing, resulting in overall improved detail rich photos. It’s capable of capturing images up to 13 megapixels photos. The Qualcomm 215 is the first to support HD+ resolution in the 2-series. It boasts a modern aspect ratio so users can browse more, watch more and have a better all-around viewing experience. ​And thanks to the Adreno 308 GPU, Qualcomm 215 boosts up to 28% increased gaming performance compared to the previous generation enabling smooth graphics for casual gaming.


For superior cellular connectivity at home or on the go, the Qualcomm 215 featuring the integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X5 modem supports LTE Cat 4 with Carrier Aggregation for faster data rates and download speeds up to 150Mbps. This is the first platform in the 2-series to support EVS Voice calls (“Ultra HD Voice Calls”) and Dual Sim with Dual Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) allowing for the freedom to use multiple SIMs for concurrent high-quality 4G LTE voice and data, separation of work and personal accounts, and optimize cellular connectivity costs taking advantage of multiple plans.

The Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform debuts the following “firsts” in the 2-series:

  • 64-bit CPU
  • Dual-ISP
  • Supports up to 13MP photo capture​
  • Support for Full HD (1080p) video capture​
  • Support for HD+ resolution display
  • Hexagon DSP for audio and sensor processing​
  • Support for Dual SIM with Dual VoLTE ​
  • EVS voice calls​
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Support for NFC Payments on Android

“We are excited to continue to work with Qualcomm Technologies to expand our smartphone product portfolio and raise the bar for mass market devices by leveraging their latest leading technologies in the Qualcomm 215 Mobile platform,” said Name, title, VinSmart. “We look forward to working together to bring exciting and improved mobile experiences to more consumers around the world.” 

Commercial devices based on Qualcomm 215 are expected to be available in second half 2019. For more information and specifications for these mobile platforms, visit link.


About Qualcomm
Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world computes, connects and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including the QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s websiteOnQ blogTwitter and Facebook <wbr />pages.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-07- 9 (Update: 2019-07- 7)