Qualcomm has just unveiled the full details of its Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 processors. The Snapdragon 400 processors are aimed towards the entry-level to mid-tier market while the Snapdragon 200 processors are aimed soley at the entry-level smartphone market. Qualcomm is hoping to take the smartphone market by storm by getting its products into as many mobile devices as possible, and while these processors are aimed at the lower-end of the market, they'll still offer great mobile processing performance.
The Snapdragon 400 comes in two options. The first option is a 1.7GHz dual-core Krait CPU that offers aSMP (Aysnchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing) for great performance with efficient battery usage. The second option is a 1.4GHz quad-core A7 CPU that's aimed solely at entry-level devices. Both of the Snapdragon 400 options will feature an Adreno 305 GPU to enable fast and smooth performance for 3D gaming and power-hungry apps, as well as fast web browsing. The Snapdragon 400 processors will support cameras of up to 13.5MP, premium audio, 1080p video capture and playback, and Miracast, which will allow you to stream content from your mobile device to any HDTV. It will utilize LPDDR2 or LPDDR3 RAM (Low Power Double Data Rate) that will optimize the Snapdragon 400 for great performance and battery usage. It supports 42Mbps HSPA+, W+G CDMA, dual-sim capabilities, and TDSCDMA.
The Snapdragon 200 processors are aimed solely at the entry-level smartphone market. There is only one option for the Snapdragon 200 processors. It will feature a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A5 processor, Hexagon QDSP5, Adreno 203 GPU, support for LPDDR2 RAM, HD video playback, dual-sim capabilities, and support for cameras up to 8MP.
Both processors will be starting a new generation of entry-level and mid-tier smartphones. Now consumers will have the option to purchase smartphones that are both cost-friendly, yet not terrible in performance. These Snapdragon processors are expected to be released sometime around mid-2013.