Qualcomm announces ARM Cortex A7 based quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip for emerging markets

Over the last few months we have seen MediaTek’s MT6589 quad-core chipset do the rounds on almost every local OEM made smartphone. MediaTek has allowed the proliferation of low-cost yet powerful smartphones in India and now heavyweight Qualcomm wants in on the low cost action as it has announced a quad-core version of its Snapdragon 400 chipset, which has been tailored for emerging markets like India.

The chipset, like the MediaTek MT6589 is based on ARMs Cortex A7 architecture and feature four Cortex A7 core clocked at 1.2GHz. Additionally, the MSM8926 also integrates 3G and LTE modems, which gives it an edge over MediaTek’s solution in markets like China, where LTE is starting to break in. It will be able to also run on 802.11ac Wi-Fi bands and Mircast streaming will be enabled, something which most chipset makers are now integrating.

In addition to this, Qulacomm has also announced 7-inch and 10-inch reference design tablets for the current generation Snapdragon 400 chipset, while another one for the new quad-core Snapdragon 400 is expected later in the year.

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