Tuesday May 09, 2017

Low-Cost Android Phones to Get iPhone Features with New Qualcomm Chips

"Bargain" Android devices are getting a big upgrade with Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 660 and 630 chips, which will sit under the company’s high-end 800 series of chips but be impressive in their own right. The new chips will allow benefits typically associated with more expensive phones and tablets, such as Quick Charge 4, high-resolution support (2560 x 1600 pixel screens), Bluetooth 5 and 802.11ac, and 4K video capture.

Low-cost smartphones like the Moto G5 introduced a few months ago are shipping with soon-to-be-outdated chips from Qualcomm, which has announced successor chips. Qualcomm on Monday introduced the Snapdragon 630 and 660, which are massive upgrades to chips used in low-cost smartphones introduced over the last six months or so. And in a few months, you'll be able to buy low-cost smartphones with these new chips, with prices starting at US$200. The handsets will feature LTE download speeds equivalent to that in the iPhone 7 and have graphics processors capable of capturing 4K video.