5G Coming to Burners Thanks to New Snapdragon 480 Processor

Tuesday, 05 Jan, 2021

Today, Qualcomm Technologies announced the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform. With the Snapdragon 750G and Snapdragon 690 Mobile Platforms, Qualcomm already brought 5G compatibility to the lower mid-range segment, whereas the Snapdragon 765G SoC takes care of the upper mid-range segment. That'll this year as 5G-compatible modems are making their way into cheaper chipsets.

Availability: First Snapdragon 480 5G Smartphone?

The Snapdragon 480 uses Snapdragon X51 5G modem and radio frequency system, supports millimeter wave and Sub-6GHz 5G connections, supports independent (SA) and non-independent (NSA) networking modes, and supports TDD, FDD and dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS).

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is used in phones like the Xiaomi Mi 11
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is used in phones like the Xiaomi Mi 11

The Snapdragon 460 had good support from brands, and the most popular devices with these devices would be the OnePlus Nord N100, but there are also models like the Nokia 3.4, Motorola Moto E7 Plus, and Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo and Realme.

And even though it was created to be an entry-level chip, the Snapdragon 480 can also deliver some high-end features previously only found on more premium phones like support for 120Hz displays (at FHD+ resolutions), photo capture with up to three cameras at one (at up to 13-MP each), triple simultaneous video capture (at up to 720p), and even 70% better AI performance compared to the previous Snapdragon 460 chip. It also brings the first triple ISP to the 4-series for improved camera support and performance. The chip is fabricated using an 8nm process and has an octa-core CPU comprised of a cluster of ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz for high-performance tasks and a cluster of ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at up to 1.8GHz for less demanding tasks. Support for FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate combined with Qualcomm aptX audio means that users can enjoy smooth gaming with great audio. A successor to last year's Snapdragon 460, the Snapdragon 480 claims not only big performance boosts, but is also the first 4-series chipset to offer 5G capabilities. If you've ever used a phone with a 400-series processor, you know they can be on the sluggish side.

Snapdragon 480 5G can be seen as a successor to the Snapdragon 460, which was unveiled in early 2020. As for 5G network launch in India, we are expecting it to happen by the end of 2021.