Chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has announced two new S4 chipsets for smartphones targeted at mass markets. The new chipsets would be made available to OEMs under ‘Qualcomm Reference Design' solution. The two chipsets with quad-core processors are named MSM 8226 and MSM 8626.
Some of the key features of these chipsets include its ability to support smartphone cameras of up to 13 megapixels as well as Adreno 305 GPU. The chipsets will also support 1080p of HD video recording and playback. The new products are made of 28nm process which the manufacturer claims will give 40 percent lower consumption compared to previous versions.
Qualcomm's QRD solution has led to the success of many mass market smartphones from manufacturers such as Karbonn, Spice Mobile, Micromax, and Lava phones. The company revealed that they were working with more than 100 OEMs in China with QRD with over 100 products to be released in the near future. The revelation came during Global Editors Meet in San Diego. Qualcomm earlier announced a tablet running on QRD named Karbonn Agnee in India. However, for the time being their main focus will be on low-cost smartphones.
Also during the event, Steve Mollenkoph, President, Qualcomm, revealed to BGR India that low-cost smartphones with quad-core/dual-core processors are being pushed in India. These have low-power consumption and enhanced battery performance. The new chipsets will carry out its test on devices somewhere during the second quarter of 2013. Qualcomm is known for being able to ship their products within 60 days of the test rounds. If it is anything to go by, then users can keep their fingers crossed and have hands-on experience of these advanced chipsets in their smartphones as early as the third quarter of 2013.