Qualcomm announced that it will be joining Apple on the 64-bit processor bandwagon with the release of the Snapdragon 410 processor. The surprise is that unlike the processor from Apple, which is only found in the $649+ (R6 500, well actually R9 999 in SA) iPhone 5s, the Snapdragon 410 is marked for inclusion in phones that dip under the $150 (R1 500) mark. But even considering the fact that it will be in lower end smartphones it will bring a host of top end features with the Snapdragon 410 when devices start to ship with it in the second half of 2014.
The Snapdragon 410 will be a quad-core chip with on board LTE and HSPA+ radios that will ensure rapid adoption of smartphones with the processor by networks looking to migrate users onto lucrative 4G data networks and off of ageing 2G and 3G infrastructure. There will also be support for cameras up to 13MP for smartphones with the Snapdragon 410 which will allow even the most rudimentary smartphone’s of 2014 to be powerful imaging devices.
While Android has not yet seen a release optimised for a 64-bit architecture the same way that iOS has been, it would seem that 2014 will be the year in which every Android manufacturers will need to have the words ’64-bit’ on the box lest they fail to meet the challenge dolled out by the iPhone and iPad.
Qualcomm will most definitely be brining 64-bit architecture to the rest of its product line before the end of 2014 as it looks to update the processors that found their way into phone like the Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC One.