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Feature Phones May Sound ‘Dumb’ But They Are Getting 4G LTE

Feature Phones May Sound 'Dumb' But They Are Getting 4G LTEThanks to the Nokia 3310 reboot, what’s old is new again particularly when it comes to retro technology that makes us remember the good olden days. But while it’s fun to wax nostalgic about feature phones and easy to use and how they’re durable and last days without a charge, no one wants the slow data speeds that came with the devices. Though LTE-enabled feature phones do exist, like the Sonim XP5 and Kyocera DuraXE, they’re place devices that are oftentimes rugged and rare. However, US chip maker Qualcomm recently announced its 205 chipsets, that’ll allow more feature phones to achieve LTE speeds.

According to the 2016 report by IDC, Smartphones are still on the rise around the world. But in emerging markets such as South Africa, India and Vietnam, about half of all phones in use are feature phones. At the same time, demand for 4G is emerging and climbing markets are building out the infrastructure needed for 4G networks. By 2020, 80 percent of all phones will be 4G-compatible, the same IDC study predicts. With the help of 205 chipsets, feature phones can get much faster internet than before. And while they’re not the most capable devices around, faster internet speeds will allow these handsets to browse social media, load new sites, upload photos and live sports and stream video.


Peak speeds of 150Mbps download and 50Mbps upload

Can support phones with 3-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front camera

Dual-core CPU with 1.1GHz clock speed

NFC capabilities

Adreno GPU

Can support VGA display at 480p and 60 frames per second

In next few months, you can expect phones carrying the Qualcomm 205 platform. So far, the company has partnered with manufacturers such as HiPad, Megaphone and Nubia to make 4G feature phones. Qualcomm did not disclose any upcoming phones in the US that will feature this chipset.