Qualcomm 215 64-bit SoC Targets Entry-level Smartphones

Qualcomm Technologies has recently announced the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform quad core Cortex-A53 processor with a dual ISP for entry-level smartphones.

Compared to the Snapdragon 212 quad core Cortex-7 32-bit processor, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 64-bit processor offers a 50% increase in CPU performance, and up to 28% increased gaming performance thanks to its Adreno 308 GPU. It also adds an Hexagon DSP for low power audio and sensor processing which allows up to 5 days of audio playback.

Qualcomm 215

Qualcomm 215 (QM215) specifications:

  • CPU – 4x Arm Cortex A53 up to 1.3 GHz
  • GPU – Adreno 308 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, DirectX, OpenCL
  • DSP – Qualcomm Hexagon DSP
  • Memory I/F – LPDDR3 up to 3 GB RAM @ 672 MHz
  • Storage I/F – eMMC 4.5 and SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • Display – Up to 1560×720 resolution (19.5:9 aspect ratio); support for external display
  • Video
    • Capture – 1080p30
    • Playback – 1080p H.265, H2.64 and VP8
  • Audio – High definition audio playback up to 192 kHz/24-bit; echo cancellation and noise suppression; 5.1 surround sound recording
  • Camera
    • 2x Image Signal Processor (ISP)
    • Dual camera up to 8MP
    • Single camera up to 13 MP
  • Cellular Connectivity
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 LTE modem (Category 4)
    • Downlink – 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation up to 150 Mbps
    • Uplink – 2×10 Mz carrier aggregation up to 50 Mbps
    • Cellular Technology – WCDMA (DC-HSDPA, HSUPA), TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM/EDGE, LTE TDD, LTE FDD
    • Multi SIM: Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV)
    • VoLTE, Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) with LTE call continuity, HD and Ultra HD Voice (EVS)
  • Other Wireless Connectivity
    • WiFi – 802.11ac, 802.11 b/g/n; 1×1 (1-stream) MIMO Configuration
    • Bluetooth 4.2
    • Location – Beidou, GPS, GLONASS
    • Support for NFC Payments on Android
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 interface
  • Security – Qualcomm Processor Security & Content Protection
  • Charging – Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0
  • Process Technology – 28 nm

Note that the popular “Snapdragon” brand is nowhere to be seen in the announcement, except for the LTE modem, and they do not call the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, but just Qualcomm 215 instead.

Devices based on Qualcomm 215 are expected to hit the shelves in H2 2019. More details may be found in the product page.

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Adreno 300, CA53, LPDDR3 controller, 28nm — an extremely cost-sensitive part. A frontal attack at entry-level Chinese vendors?

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I didn’t see anything better than the pine phone…

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Will they pair it with 2GB of memory or just 1 like most makers did with the 410. And then they claimed that there was too little memory to run it in 64bit mode. Which means that claimed performance increase over the A7 pretty much vanishes.