Qualcomm's New Budget Snapdragon Chip Will Give Everyone LTE

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Qualcomm has announced that its latest entry-level smartphone system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 210, will be cheap enough to appear in the cheapest of off-contract handsets—and it even offers LTE.

Announced in Hong Kong, the chip features a 1.1 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Adreno 304 GPU, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11n WiFi, and support for display resolutions of up to 720p. But crucially it also supports multi-mode 3G and dual-mode LTE; it's the first cheap chip of its kind to offer LTE, in fact. The silicon is undoubtedly aimed at emerging markets, but it should also mean that even the cheapest of handsets can take advantage of faster cellular data. [Qualcomm via Engadget]