Snapdragon 215 unveiled: faster 64-bit CPU, dual camera support, still 28nm

Peter, 09 July 2019

Qualcomm introduced a new chipset for entry-level smartphones – the Snapdragon 215. It’s a tangible upgrade over the Snapdragon 212 with a 64-bit CPU, a faster GPU and support for dual cameras. However, the chip is still built on the old 28nm node.

The new CPU features four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.3GHz, which ARM claims are 50% faster than the four A7 cores inside the old chipset. Being 64-bit is the bigger upgrade, however, as it should massively improve compatibility with new versions of Android – the Nokia 2, for example, is stick on Oreo.

Anyway, the GPU is an Adreno 308, which delivers a smaller 28% boost. This is the same GPU as the S425 had.

A dual ISP (a first for the 200-series) significantly improves camera support. The Snapdragon 215 can handle one 13MP camera or two 8MP modules, so phones can have a tele cam or a depth sensor. Another upgrade is 1080p video recording. For comparison, the 212 topped out at single 8MP and 720p.

The maximum supported display resolution is still in the 720p class, though now makers can use tall aspect ratio screens, up to 19:9 (the old chipset was strictly 16:9).

Connectivity sees a small improvement too, with the addition of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.2. Android Pay is supported thanks to upgraded NFC. This chip supports dual VoLTE and EVS Voice calls (“Ultra HD Voice Calls”), another first for the 200-series.

Snapdragon 215 Snapdragon 212
Node 28nm 28nm
CPU 4x Cortex-A53 (64-bit, 50% faster) 4x Cortex-A7 (32-bit)
GPU Adreno 308 (28% faster) Adreno 304
Modem X5 (150/50Mbps) X5 (150/50Mbps)
Camera 13MP or dual 8MP, 1080p video 8MP, 720p video
Display 1560x720px 1280x720px
Charging Quick Charge 1 Quick Charge 2
Connectivity Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1

A few things haven’t changed. The chipset still packs the X5 LTE modem (150/50Mbps). Memory support is the same, LPDDR3 RAM, eMMC 4.5 built-in storage and UHS-I microSD cards.

This could be a mistake in the specs, but the chipset only offers Quick Charge 1.0 while the older model had QC2.0 (that’s 10W max, down from 18W). Based on Qualcomm tests performed on reference devices with a 3,000mAh battery, the chipset can power 10+ hours of video playback, 20+ hours of voice calls or days of music playback.

All in all, the Snapdragon 215 is a slightly cut down version of the 425. It should lead to much better sub-$100 phones as it's much better suited for modern design trends.

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Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • DkB

Good cpu . It's RISC management helps. Although it throttles the performance, adds to the endurance

  • Tofs
  • 15 Jun 2022
  • mFd

This isn't a good chip by any means, maybe it'll be good for smart watches (I doubt it tho) I can't believe Qualcomm released this in 2019, there are much better alternatives in mediatek of unisoc

I've just purchased a Vodafone Smart P11 and it is running android 10 go edition with the Qualcomm snapdragon 215 CPU chipset! Well what can I say except WCDMA have failed miserably with this phone, I'm renaming it CRAPdragon! It doesn�...

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