Spreadtrum LTE SoC platform designed into India's first 4G-enabled phone

April 06, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its LTE SoC platform, SC9820, has been adopted by Lava for India's first 4G-enabled feature phone, Lava Connect M1. The pocket-friendly 4G mobile handset has already been launched in the Indian market in February 2017.

Lava Connect M1 is powered by Spreadtrum's 28nm 1.2-GHz dual-core ARM Cortex™-A7 LTE platform SC9820, supporting VoLTE and dual SIM function. It features a 512 MB RAM/4GB ROM storage, a MicroSD slot up to 32GB and comes pre-installed with Facebook Lite, providing feature phone users a perfect smart experience.

Claiming to be the first LTE feature phone chipset, the SC9820 integrates a 1.2-GHz dual-core ARM Cortex™-A7 processor, ARM Mali-400 MP1 GPU for 3D graphics acceleration and supports TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE,  TD-SCDMA and GSM modes. It is proficient to further support up to 5MP rear/front camera, 720P video play, FWVGA screen and VoLTE HD video service, thus improving the feature phone user experience.

The SC9820 is enabling startup operators to rapidly expand their subscriber base and helping traditional operators to migrate 2G and 3G subscribers to 4G networks at a lower cost. Further, it will arrive in Latin America (Peru, Mexico and Colombia) and Africa for all carriers that launched VoLTE.