Chipset manufacturer Qualcomm had to update their entry level and lower midrange chipsets last year because of the growth of 4G data connectivity. That meant even entry level and midrange devices were expected to have LTE connectivity. That demand resulted in the production of the Snapdragon 410 and 210 SoC’s (system-on-a-chip). Today we see those chipsets being updated with better features in the Snapdragon 412 and 212.
The Snapdragon 412 is now the recommended lower midrange SoC from Qualcomm, and is a bump up from its predecessor mostly in processing core speed. The SD412 features four cores running at 1.4Ghz per core, compared to the 1.2Ghz per core speed of the SD410. The SD412 also accommodates faster RAM speed at 600Mhz than the 533Mhz of the SD 410. It retains the Adreno 306 GPU and Cat 4 LTE speeds of up to 150Mbps.
The Snapdragon 212 is the budget friendly option, improving its quad-core speeds to 1.3Ghz from the SD210’s 1.1Ghz. It’s supported by the same Adreno 304 GPU, has Cat 4 LTE connectivity, able to support up to 8MP for the main camera, and has Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 feature.
We should see a whole raft of budget and lower midrange smartphones and tablet devices using these two new chipsets coming in by the end of 2015 or early 2016. Watch out for those devices by then.