Qualcomm has introduced the Qualcomm® 205 Mobile Platform, designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones.
The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platformwill allow feature phones to access Wi-Fi like their smartphone counterparts.
“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the migration of users and networks from 2G, 2.5G, and 3G to 4G,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Feature phones are a lifeline in many emerging countries and the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform allows us to bring 4G connectivity and services to the masses with devices at price points never seen before.”
The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is designed for emerging regions, such as those in India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia to help operators in this regions take advantage of robust LTE network rollouts to support consumers use advanced LTE data services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi).
Africa was not mentioned but it has a huge population of users who will benefit from this technology.
The 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.
The Qualcomm 205 SoC also features Dual Core CPU at 1.1 GHz; Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU;3 megapixel rear camera, 0.3MP selfie camera, VGA display at 480p 60 frames per-second; HD Video streaming and support for Linux based OS; Support for dual SIMs.
The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is available today with devices expected to reach consumers in Q2 2017.