Despite Nvidia and Samsung’s best efforts, Qualcomm has gained the upper hand in the mobile chip market of late, mostly due to the popularity of the high-end Snapdragon S4 and S4 Pro. The newest top-tier CPUs, dubbed Snapdragon 600 and 800, got a gala intro during CES, but Qualcomm has tech users on a tighter budget covered as well.
The Snapdragon 200 and 400 should hum inside many entry-level and mid-range smartphones this year, despite getting a much quieter unveiling than their bigger brothers. The 200 is obviously the lower-end, but it still features four active cores.
These are part of the Cortex-A5 family, while the GPU is going to be a modest Adreno 203 model. The SoC has up to 8 MP camera support and multi-SIM capabilities, but we only expect to spot it phones worth $200 tops.
As for the Snapdragon 400, that’s set to come in two configurations, one with two Krait cores running at up to 1.7 GHz and the other with four 1.4 GHz cores. Both will be paired with an Adreno 305 GPU and will support multi-SIM, TDSCDMA, HSPA+ and up to 13.5 MP cameras.
Naturally, the 400 will be found inside much more powerful devices, but probably not too pricey. We’re guessing $400-$450 at the most, but let’s wait and see, shall we?