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The cost of Android smartphones could be set to fall if ST-Ericsson's new U6715 platform becomes widely used, the company claims.

As smartphones continue to sprint towards mass market success, St-Ericsson's new chip is designed for the likes of Google Android and offers support for all of the common bells and whistles such as Wi-Fi, video streaming, touchscreens and advanced photographic capabilities.

ST-Ericsson has taken the sensible step of decoupling the multimedia playback from the main processing chip, allowing for multitasking and application handling that does not suffer from any slow down.

Battery life is also impressive according to ST-Ericsson, with a 3G connection offering seven hours talk time and a total standby period of 25 days.

ST-Ericsson's Mac Cetto said that his firm was determined to bring smartphone prices down sufficiently to allow average consumers to enjoy their capabilities, without compromising on any of the current features high end users have come to expect.

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