400 Plus 1 equals to the Snapdragon 401
Wondering when budget smartphones will get the fastest data networks and almost feel like real high-end phones? Qualcomm wants you to dream no more. The newly announced Snapdragon 410 is, strangely enough, Qualcomm’s first 64-bit mobile processor. But the point to take home here is that the price tag on this LTE chip aims to lower the cost of 4G-capable devices to below the $150 (UGX 375,000) mark, great news. There’s a clear focus on emerging markets like Africa, Asia with the 410, which Qualcomm hopes to see driving LTE adoption outside the maturing North American and western European regions. According the Qualcomm’s press release the 410 supports 1080p video playback and up to 13-megapixel cameras, just like the 400 that we saw in the HTC One mini while the GPU is slightly upgraded from the Adreno 305 to the 306.
The company will release the chips to manufacturers early in 2014 and on retail shelves by the second half of the year, the Snapdragon 410 looks like the initial step to a full family refresh for Qualcomm’s mobile chips. It should also be noted that most of the flagship phones of this year have been having a Qualcomm chip variant for example the — Nexus 5, Xperia Z1, or LG’s G2 — and its successor can reasonably be expected to follow in the 410’s footsteps in moving to 64-bit while smartening up performance.