12 January 2021
Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 480 5G as the first-ever Snapdragon 400-series chipset with 5G connectivity support. It is aimed at bringing 5G to budget smartphones and eventually to the masses. It will undoubtedly make buying a 5G smartphone a lot cheaper than what it is now.
The Snapdragon 480 5G comes with the Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF system. It is capable of supporting both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G bands. It means phones powered with this new chipset will be able to connect to a 5G network anywhere around the planet. It even has dual WiFi antennas with key WiFi 6 features compatibility for better and faster WiFi connectivity.
The good thing is that Qualcomm has not restricted the chipset to 5G connectivity when it comes to what makes this processor special. There are a number of Snapdragon 480 features that are a first for the Snapdragon 400-series. It is the first chipset in the family to be based on the 8nm manufacturing process. It boasts 2.0GHz Kryo 460 CPU cores, Adreno 619 GPU, and Hexagon 686.
The new processor is claimed to deliver a 100% CPU and GPU performance boost along with up to 70% better AI performance as compared to the previous generation. It is compatible with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ fast charging tech which is another first for the series. It is further capable of supporting up to Full HD+ display panels at up to120Hz refresh rate and the Qualcomm aptX audio for an immersive media consumption and gaming experience.
It is also the first Snapdragon 400-series processor to feature a triple ISP i.e. Spectra 345 ISP. It means it will not only be able to support triple cameras up to 13-megapixels resolution but also click shots from all three sensors simultaneously. The official announcement includes statements from HMD Global, OnePlus, and Oppo executives suggesting that at least these brands will be among the first ones to release a Snapdragon 480-powered smartphone.
Qualcomm says that the first commercial devices featuring the processor will arrive in early 2021. We have already heard rumors of Motorola Ibiza, a phone set for Q1 2021 launch and said to be powered by a Snapdragon 400-series 5G processor. It could be the first phone to debut with the new chipset.