Feature phones are coming back, packed with 4G LTE connectivity, VoLTE for HD voice calls and other 4G services. Bring 4G connectivity to low-end feature phones, global chipmaker Qualcomm has announced Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform.

The Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, in a nutshell, includes Qualcomm 205 SoC and various hardware components. This includes dual-core CPU and Qualcomm Adreno GPU. It also features support for Wi-Fi and advanced 4G LTE data services like Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi). This whole package will bring high-quality, affordable 4G connectivity to the masses.

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform - Feature Phones with 4G VoLTE

Qualcomm 205 SoC features

Talking about the chipset, it brings a 4G LTE Cat 4 modem which can offer downloads up to 150Mbps and uploads up to 50Mbps. It will also support older network connectivity options 3G and 2G. The chipset carries support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+ and FM radio. The processor comes with dual core CPU clocked at 1.1 GHz. For graphic intense tasks, the chipset packs a Qualcomm Adreno GPU. The chipset can support rear cameras up to 3-megapixel and selfie cameras up to 0.3-megapixel. It can support video capture up to 480p at 60 frames-per-second. Further the chipset support VGA display, 720p HD video streaming, and dual SIM.

The chipset is designed for efficiency and extended use time, so devices need to charge less frequently. Necessary if you forget to charge, or don’t have immediate access to a charge source.

ModemLocationVideo
Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 LTE modem720p@30fps decode
4G, 3G and 2G supportSatellite Systems Support480p@30fps encode
LTE Category 4 (downlink)GPSH.264, VP8, MP4
Peak download speed, 150 MbpsGLONASS
Peak upload speed, 50 MbpsBeidouCamera
Supported cellular technologies:Global Emergency Services SupportUp to 3MP rear camera
HSPA+, GSM, TD-SCDMA, DSDSAssisted GPSVGA selfie camera
Support for VoLTE and VoWIFIOTDOA (LTE-based positioning)
Advanced Location FeaturesSecurity
ConnectivityLow Power Geofencing and
Tracking
Qualcomm SecureMSM
technology
Qualcomm Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/nQualcomm Snapdragon
StudioAccess technology
USB 2.0Memory
Bluetooth 4.1LPDDR2/3 @ 384MHzCompatibility
eMMC 4.5Snapdragon 210 and 212 mobile
platforms (pin–to–pin)
CPU
Dual-core up to 1.1 GHzDisplayOptimized Software
Solutions
MIPI DSI up to VGALinux based
Graphics
Adreno 304 GPUProcess Technology
OpenGL ES 3.028 nm LP

Availability and Partners

So when you could see the device running the new Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform? The platform will be available today with feature phones expected to reach you in Q2 2017. Qualcomm has already partnered with mobile vendors and telecom operators around the globe. Some key partners include Borqs, CKT, Flex, FIH/Megafone, HiPad, Huiye, LYF, Micromax, Reliance Jio, TCL, TSM, Uniscope, Viroyal/Feixun.

The three names in the list that pops out are Reliance Jio (telecom operator), LYF (Reliance’s mobile business) and Micromax. A few days ago Micromax CMO confirmed the existence of Bharat 1, a feature phone with 4G VoLTE support. While there have been strong rumours of Reliance Jio along with LYF to launch low-cost feature phones with 4G VoLTE connectivity.

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