The much awaited 4G feature phones would now be mainstream as Qualcomm today launched its first 4G feature phone platform named Qualcomm 205 mobile platform.
This platform will enable the OEM and ODMs to manufacture feature phones will almost all features available on a 4G smartphone. The phones can now be LTE enabled and offer VoLTE experience. The 4G feature phones built on this platform may be priced around Rs 1500-1800.
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 is designed in India and the commercial available of 4G feature phones built on this platform will be available by Q2 of 2017. Qualcomm has partnered with multiple phone manufacturers including Reliance Jio and Micromax.
The Qualcomm 205 Mobile 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. 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).
Qualcomm 205 SoC features include:
LTE Cat 4 modem with up to 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload;
Support for 4G, 3G and 2G networks;
Support for 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, FM radio;
Dual Core CPU at 1.1 GHz;
Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU;
3 megapixel rear camera,.3MP selfie camera
VGA display at 480p 60 frames per-second;
HD Video streaming;
Support for Linux based OS;
Support for dual SIMs;
Pin-compatible with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 210/212