Qualcomm has recently announced the Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor and with support for the LTE World Wide standard, it is expected to equip prepaid smartphones available from O2, Vodafone, EE and Three if users have the 4G-capable SIM card. Qualcomm plans to see faster rollouts of the high-speed data connectivity in emerging markets and the new chip could help to achieve that. In the United Kingdom, the 4G LTE capability is only available in a handful of larger cities and a few towns.
The Snapdragon 410 is compatible with Firefox OS, Windows Phone and Android. Apple started the trend when it unleashed the iPhone 5S, which is powered with the A7 64-bit processor a couple of months ago. Samsung is also expected to include a 64-bit capability in its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Designed with 28nm manufacturing process, the new Snapdragon 410 processor allows device makers to up to 13Mp of rear-facing camera. The Adreno 306 GPU and full HD video playback capability make the Snapdragon 410 a decent platform for affordable devices.
The new processor would be applicable for smartphones costing less than £90, which would be available in latter months of 2014. However, it would be a while before developers make 64-bit versions of their apps.