Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 480 5G SoC aimed at upcoming budget phones

Snapdragon 480 5G

Qualcomm has introduced a new Snapdragon 480 5G chipset catered to budget segment smartphones. This also makes the first 400 series from Qualcomm to enable 5G capabilities. Currently, the chipset maker has 5G powered chipsets for flagship and premium mid-range phones, Snapdragon 865, SD 888 and SD 750G, SD 765G, for instance. The new chipset adds to the next 5G budget devices portfolio, which we can expect in devices launching across the year.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G SoC — Deets

  • 5G – The latest chipset is now 5G capable — thanks to Snapdragon’s X51 5G modem. It supports both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G spectrums. This allows users to experience faster uploads, downloads, faster streaming, navigation and sharing, according to Qualcomm.
  • Performance – The new 5G chipset here comes as a successor to the Snapdragon 460 SoC. It brings several enhancements over the predecessor in terms of speeds, and graphics, apart from the 5G capability.
    The Snapdragon 480 SoC is not only the first 5G chipset, but it brags other first elements as well. For instance, it is the first 400 series SoC built on an 8nm process. It’s the first SoC to support Wi-Fi 6 and also to adopt Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology.
    When it comes to performance, it utilizes Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPUs and Adreno 619 GPU, which promise to deliver clock speeds of up to 2.0GHz.
  • Camera – The latest chipset utilizes Qualcomm’s Spectra 345 ISP, which can support rear cameras of up to 64MP. For video, it supports video shooting up to 1080p at 60fps.
  • Display – The chipset claims to support both HD+ and FHD+ resolution displays at 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rates respectively.

Lastly, the other highlights of the Snapdragon 480 5G chipset include — UFS 2.2 storage support, NFC, USB Type-C, Qualcomm Sensing Hub, Bluetooth 5.1 and Qualcomm TrueWireless Tech alongside aptX Adaptive support.

Snapdragon 480 5G

All in all, the new processor should bring significant improvements to budget phones, primarily in the sub-10K segment. The highly competitive segment in India is often ruled by brands like — Xiaomi, Realme, Vivo, Samsung, to name a few. So, expect these brands to come up with a new range of 5G phones in the budget segment, across the year.

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