Bangalore, March 1 3013: As Indian cellular service providers increase their offerings in the 3G and 4G space, many customers are graduating to handsets from multiple makers, that share a common processing platform – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family. Earlier this year, the company introduced a new tiered structure to the Snapdragon brand (Snapdragon 800/600/400/200 Processors) for what was hitherto known as Snapdragon S1, S2, S3, S4 . The S4 family has already found its way beneath the hood of some topline smartphones launched in India – like Nokia’s Lumia family, where the S4 Plus fuels the Lumia 920 – and HTC’s Butterfly which runs on S4Pro.
These phones are able to bring superior graphics capability to their HD screens thanks Qualcomm’s Adreno graphics processor range, even while porting heterogenous operating systems like Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry BB. The Snapdragon family is also fuelling a new generation of tablets running on Android or Windows 8 and bringing new, powerful graphics richness to such devices: a reference design using the S4Pro APQ8064 processor drew a lot of attention at the Vision Summit of the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association in Bangalore last month, with its ability to stream 6 separate channels of HD video at the same time.
The new Snapdragon processor families straddle the application spectrum:
Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed very fast apps and web browsing, high end graphics, seamless communications virtually anytime, anywhere, and long battery life for premium smartphones, Smart TVs, digital media adapters and tablets.
Snapdragon 600 Processors are designed to deliver high performance for, fast web browsing, seamless connectivity and good battery life for mid-high tier smartphones and tablets.
Snapdragon 400 Processors are designed to deliver the performance, features, connectivity and battery life that consumers expect in high volume smartphones and tablets.
Snapdragon 200 Processors are designed to deliver a valued balance of performance, robust connectivity and better battery life for entry level smartphones.
Over 55 designs are in development using Snapdragon 800 processors; 40+ designs in development using Snapdragon 600 processors.. any many of them were on show last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In India Snapdragon fuels affordable smartphones like Micromax A57 Ninja, Lava Xolo A5003 and the Karbonn Smart Titanium in the price band of Rs 5000 – Rs 10,000.
More on the new Snapdragon families here