“With a 64-bit CPU and dual-ISPs, the platform is a significant milestone for the expansion of the entire mobile industry,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies. “We’re raising the bar for mass market devices and enabling experiences that were never before possible in the 2-series.”
Featuring four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, Qualcomm 215 has been designed to deliver up to 50% increased CPU performance compared to the previous generation. This introduction of the first 64-bit CPU in the 2-series signifies a big boost in performance and offers better device longevity via support for modern 64-bit applications.
In order to deliver improved levels of performance, the Qualcomm 215 features an integrated Qualcomm Hexagon DSP engineered to support up to 5+ days of music playback. The Qualcomm Adreno 308 GPU and the display technologies support up to 10+ hours of video playback.
The Qualcomm 215 also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge technology, which is engineered to allow users to charge up to 75% faster than traditional implementations, allowing for lower power and thermal dissipation, and reduced charge times, without virtually any performance tradeoffs.
The Qualcomm 215 features dual ISPs, a first in the 2-series, which means it can support dual camera. With support from the company's 3rd party ecosystem, dual cameras can enable optical zoom and depth sensing, resulting in overall improved detail rich photos. It’s capable of capturing images up to 13 megapixels photos.
The Qualcomm 215 is the first to support HD+ resolution in the 2-series and offers a modern aspect ratio so users can have an improved viewing experience. The Adreno 308 GPU means that the 215 is also able to offer a 28% increase in gaming performance compared to the previous generation enabling smooth graphics for casual gaming.
In terms of cellular connectivity, the Qualcomm 215 features the integrated Snapdragon X5 modem which supports LTE Cat 4 with Carrier Aggregation for faster data rates and download speeds up to 150Mbps. This is the first platform in the 2-series to support EVS Voice calls (“Ultra HD Voice Calls”) and Dual Sim with Dual Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) making it possible to use multiple SIMs for concurrent high-quality 4G LTE voice and data, separation of work and personal accounts, and optimize cellular connectivity costs taking advantage of multiple plans.
Commercial devices based on Qualcomm 215 are expected to be available in second half 2019.