Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 400 chip, MSM8926 for emerging markets

One of the popular chipset makers, Qualcomm has just introduced a new quad-core iteration of its Snapdragon 400 chip, the MSM8926, which is aimed at emerging markets. As we’re experiencing over the last few months, the MediaTek’s MT6589 quad-core chipset is doing to the job on almost every local OEM made smartphones. Indians and many emerging markets are enjoying a range of low-cost yet powerful smartphones and all thanks goes to MediaTek. But let’s see how Qualcomm will be able to do low cost action with its new quad-core version of Snapdragon 400 chipset, which has been engineered for emerging markets like India.

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Like the MediaTek MT6589, the new chipset from Qualcomm is based on ARMs Cortex A7 architecture and comes packed with four Cortex A7 cores that clocked at 1.2GHz. Moreover the new chipset integrates 3G and LTE modems, which gives it an edge over MediaTek’s solution. Apart from multimode 3G/ 4G LTE, the processor integrates key modem features targeting the Chinese market and other emerging regions too, including TD-SCDMA, HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), and most importantly is supports multi-SIM capabilities. As the new Snapdragon 400 chipset supports multi-SIM capabilities i.e. dual-SIM with dual-standby and dual-active. Moreover it supports Miracast for wireless streaming of multimedia content.

The chipset also comes supported with integrated Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth, FM as well as NFC. Obviously the new chipset from Qualcomm will support for the latest Android and Windows Phone 8 software. In addition, the chipset also features the QuickCharge 1.0 that the company claims, it charges devices up to 40 percent faster than conventional charging methods.

In case you don’t know, Qulacomm has also announced current generation Snapdragon 400 chipset supported 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, which are being showcased at Computex in Taiwan.

For your kind information, the 7-inch and 10-inch tablets will be powered by 1.2-1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM 8230 and MSM 8030 processors respectively. These tablets will be running on the Android Jelly Bean operating system and features broadband 3G HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps) and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi up to 72 Mbps. They will have Adreno 305 GPU, so you can experience 1080p high definition video playback at 30fps and 1080p high definition video capture.

There is also another one for the new quad-core Snapdragon 400 is expected to launch later this year. Snapdragon 400 chipset is said to offer integrated 3G and 4G support in both quad-core and dual-core variants. The new Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 chipset and the Qualcomm reference design tablet are expected to be available sometime later this year.

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