American chipmaker Qualcomm has introduced a 5G chipset that’s meant for smartphones that cost $200 (around P11,097) or less — and we might just see it commercially launched soon.
(Update, June 29: The Redmi Note 12R has been launched with a starting price of around $138!)
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 is now official, promising a performance improvement of up to 10% over its predecessor and a main Kryo CPU core clocked at a maximum of 2.2GHz. It’s the first chip in the Snapdragon 4 series to be fabbed on the same 4nm manufacturing process that the top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 uses.
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 offers the Qualcomm Spectra ISP to support concurrent capture from multiple cameras and up to 108-megapixel image sensors and further improve low-light photography. Thanks to the Snapdragon X61 5G modem, the new mobile platform is said to deliver increased 5G maximum speeds of 2.5Gbps down and 900Mbps. And with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology, you should be able tp power your device up to 50% in just 15 minutes.
Word has it that Xiaomi‘s recently leaked Redmi Note 12R will be one of the first — if not the first — smartphone to launch the latest processor for entry-level devices. The handset’s purported design, specs, and price was spotted a week ago on China Telecom’s website ahead of its yet-to-be-announced unveiling date for the Chinese market.
Besides the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2, the Redmi Note 12R is seen to sport a a Redmi 12-like look and feature a 50-megapixel dual camera on the back, a 5-megapixel selfie shooter, and a 6.79-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD+ resolution. The phone is likewise shown to get up to 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery with support for 22.5-watt fast charging. It’s supposed to be priced starting at ¥1,099 (P8,421 or $152).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 product brief
(The unit in the feature image is the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus)
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