Fabless semiconductor company Spreadtrum on Monday announced that its LTE SoC platform — SC9820 — has been adopted by Lava for Indias first 4G-enabled feature phone called Lava Connect M1. It has been launched in the Indian market in February 2017 and is priced at Rs 3,199.
“We are looking forward to seeing Spreadtrum SC9820 power more feature phone users all over the world and thus enable them to access the internet and consume digital content at an affordable price,” said Leo Li, Chairman and CEO, Spreadtrum Communications, in a statement.
As the world’s first LTE feature phone chipset, Spreadtrum SC9820 integrates 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex – A7 processor, ARM Mali-400 MP1 GPU for 3D-graphics acceleration and supports GSM and GPRS connectivity. Spreadtrum is based on a 28nm process. The phone comes with 512 MB RAM along with 4 GB storage and has an expandable storage up to 32 GB. The phone also comes pre-installed with Facebook Lite.
Other features include FM radio, Bluetooth and support for 2G.
“Our association with Spreadtrum Communications is a step forward in this direction,” added Gaurav Nigam, Head-Product, Lava International.
Nokia is still making feature phones as well. They recently announced Nokia 216 is the latest entrant from the company. Nokia’s phone is cheaper at Rs 2,495, but offers a smaller battery at 1,050mAh and there are no details on the device’s processor, RAM or even 4G support.