Qualcomm announced its first 64-bit processor today, the Snapdragon 410. The company’s newest CPU promises to pack some premium features including 4G LTE support into smartphones priced at under $150 and will bring improved graphics and network speed to emerging markets.
The Snapdragon 410 falls in line with Android’s latest push into the emerging markets with its 4.4 KitKat OS, and as more carriers around the world activate 4G LTE networks. Qualcomm’s new processor will also work with Windows Phone and Firefox, and the company plans to release additional 64-bit chips in the future.
“The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing,” said Qualcomm chief operating officer Jeff Lorbeck, confirming the company’s commitment to the new technology.
Apple was the first company to release a 64-bit smartphone with the iPhone 5s, and at first it was unclear if Qualcomm would follow suit. In an interview last October, chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher called the A7 chip a “marketing gimmick.” Qualcomm quickly apologized for the jab though, moving Chandrasekher to a less public position at the company and confirming its own interest in 64-bit mobile processors.