Around this time last year, Qualcomm unveiled a mid-range and entry-level chipset which comes with LTE functionality, it’s due for a minor upgrade. The new range of chipsets are the Snapdragon 212 and 412 which both bring minor improvements over the 210 and 410 respectively, largely thanks to having increased clockspeeds.
Taking up the mantle from the incredibly popular Snapdragon 400, the Snapdragon 212 consists of four 32-bit Cortex-A7 cores and Adreno 304 graphics. These are once again built on 28 nm and the CPU has been boosted slightly from 1.1 GHz to 1.3 GHz.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 212 supports 720p quality screens and up to 1080p quality of video (both H.264 and H.265). Its able to work with up to 8 MP cameras. As for its connectivity, it is pretty much the same with Cat.4 LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 + BLE, as well as USB 2.0 with Quick Charge 2.0.
Possessing four 64-bit capable Cortex-A53 cores and Adreno 306 join forces for the new Snapdragon 412 chipset. In comparison to the current 410, it’s running the CPU and GPU at higher frequencies and features enhanced memory speeds.
The chip is still built on the 28 nm process, but the processor clocks at a speed up to 1.4 GHz. That’s an upgrade from the 1.2 GHz although the Snapdragon 410 CPU has performed at 1.4 GHz too (as seen in the Moto G 3rd gen).
The new chipset supports up to 1,920 x 1,200 px screens and Full HD video capture and playback from cameras up to 13 MP. It also features X5 LTE connectivity with Cat. 4, 150 Mbps along with Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0. QuickCharge 2.0 is supported for fast battery top-ups.