Qualcomm is to provide some interesting hardware for both the extremities in the industry. One has been launched by Qualcomm and other is under testing.
1. X55 Modem
This is the next version of the previously announced X50 modem. This modem solves the biggest problem of the X50, that is the multi-mode support. X50 needed a multigigabit class LTE modem to work on 5G, which is only in flagship processors.
But the X55 is a multi-mode modem which supports all generations of the network from 2G to 5G. It just needs the QTM525 antenna module to work for StandAlone (SA) 5G and comprehensive RF front-end portfolio for the LTE support, (Non-StandAlone, NSA).
Technically speaking, it can also be used in other phones, not with flagship processors. But I highly doubt that it will come to some budget phones as it might also be expensive than the previous one. Also it is that it is built on 7nm while the X50 was built on 10nm.
The X50 has maximum download speeds up to 5 Gbps and the X55 has a maximum download speed of 7 Gbps. This modem can also be used in routers, cars and any other wireless device etc, apart from phones. The X50 was designed only for mobile phones.
2. QM215 SoC
This news I read on GSMArena. This has caught been testing in a test reference containing 1 or 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and with 8/16 GB internal storage. This may be a processor is the 200 series. This chip has a quad-core CPU which is clocked at 1.3 GHz and the GPU is at 650 MHz. This is in line with the 200 series mobile platforms.
Qualcomm has been evolving all its series like 400, 600, 700 and the 800. The 200 series was the only one left for development. This can be because these are quite low-end processors for the very low-end phones. These phones were considered insignificant but Android Go has started to gain popularity, so this was logical to develop a chip that can be compatible with it.
Maybe the test platform is running Android Go. The info does not specify what cores (like Cortex A-53) it is using or on what manufacturing process (like 28nm) it is built. Nevertheless, it is good that a special chip for low-end phones is being developed.
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