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The new version of the 3310 is not meant to compete with smartphones - like many modern feature phones, it's instead aimed at customers who can't afford advanced devices. We still have feature phones here in the USA, but feature phones are 56 percent of India's billion or so mobile connections.

Qualcomm is not only focusing on the flagship Snapdragon 835 processor but is also keen on bringing 4G connectivity and other nity features to entry level handsets. The new SoC also has support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, and FM Radio.

Created to bring 4G LTE to more people in more places, Qualcomm's 205 Mobile Platform combines a host of features to deliver performance for the sub-$50 (roughly INR 3,000) feature phones, popular in emerging markets as India, Latin America, and South East Asia.

Days earlier, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon branding will only apply to premium processors like the Snapdragon 835.

The India and Southeast Asia cellphone markets are hotly desired by mobile phone and technology companies, especially because cellphone growth has flat-lined here in the US and in other developed countries. The dual-core 205 chip will operate at 1.1GHz, which could be like putting a jet engine in an extremely low-priced phone.

The platform is available starting Monday and should be in devices in the coming months.

One of the key highlights of the SoC is the LTE Cat 4 modem, which if you remember used to be present in flagship smartphones earlier. Further, rightly concentrating on the new LTE technologies, the new Qualcomm Mobile Platform will take advantage of LTE services like VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and VoWi-Fi (Voice over Wi-Fi). "There will be devices (4G feature phones) in market in second quarter in sub-$50 range", Qualcomm Technologies Vice President for Product Management Kedar Kondap said. The rest of the specs for the 205 are decidedly lower end, including support for a VGA display and up to a 3MP camera that records up to 480p30fps video. The 205 chip supports mobile-based secure payment systems, which are also very popular in developing countries.

Qualcomm has a lot to say about this new chip that they have launched but not all of them are necessarily good things.

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