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Qualcomm aims for the low end with its first LTE chip for versatile phones

Qualcomm has another opportunity to reduce the market for affordable phones, and its latest bet is to bring 4G LTE capacity to phones.

The chip maker announced Monday a new line of chips for entry-level phones.

The SoC (SoC) line is called the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, and it's the first time it has offered 4G LTE capacity to phones, company officials said.

Although versatile phones are rapidly disappearing from developed markets, they are still very popular in developing regions, such as India.

Last year alone, about 148 million serial phones were sent to India, according to counterpoint market research company.

But Qualcomm, which maintains the tents' position in the high-end smartphone market, continues to have problems with basic smartphones and functional phone markets.

Tarun Pathak, a senior analyst at Counterpoint, said the company's processor only provided 12 percent of entry-level smartphones launched in India last year, adding that Qualcomm was barely present in the handset segment. . with functions.

The rival chip maker Mediatek assumes a better position in comparison.

"4G-enabled phones still make sense in a country like India, and we estimate that about 140 million feature phones, or 40 percent of global shipping, will be sold in India this year," he said. added Pathak.

In addition to supporting 4G LTE technology, the Qualcomm 205 mobile platform also offers advanced LTE data services, such as voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi), a improved power consumption and download speeds up to 150 Mbps

The Qualcomm 205 mobile platform is a dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.1 GHz. The processor is designed to be compatible with Linux-based operating systems and can accommodate up to 3 megapixels on the back and a selfie camera on a phone.

The change comes at a time when many smartphone manufacturers are renewing their love for versatile phones. Nokia has reintroduced the 3310 phone into the MWC.

Reliance Jio, from India, is also working on a variety of versatile phones, according to four people familiar with the subject.

At a media event in New Delhi, Qualcomm said it has partnered with several manufacturers to provide its processor to their phones. Among these partners are the largest smartphone brand in India, Micromax, Reliance Jio, Borqs and TCL. These phones will begin to hit the market in the second quarter, he said.

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