Qualcomm has done something which can play a crucial role in the initiation of budget and entry-level 5G smartphones. Qualcomm has just launched the Snapdragon 480 5G SoC which, as can see, belongs to the Snapdragon 400 series. The Snapdragon 400 series is well-known for the entry-level chips and this family of chips has got a new and highly upgraded member in the form of Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G SoC.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G

The chip is currently the most affordable 5G mobile chip and this is not special just because of 5G but also because of the huge performance gains it brings in every aspect of the hardware like its fabrication of Smasung’s 8nm design. Let’s have look at the Snapdr 480 5G SoC.

Snapdragon 480 Specifications

The Snapdragon 480 5G comes with huge upgrades on the CPU-front. It comes with a pair of Cortex-A76 performance cores running at 2.0GHz which is a huge leap over the A73 IP design used in the SD 460. This upgrade is shouting for a very good single-threaded performance boost over its predecessor.

The SD 480 has a 2+6 cores’ design instead of 4+4 and hence the multi-threaded performance might not be that much boosted. But still, the rest of the 6 Cortex-A55 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz are pretty decent to handle the tasks at the best level than any other SoC of its family.

The SoC has also been embedded with the Adreno 619 GPU, claiming itself to be a huge upgrade over the previous Adreno 610. Qualcomm is promising a 100% performance increase in the GPU department. Hence we can say that the SD 480 has 2x better GPU than the SD 460.

The memory support of 2x16b LPDDR4x is exactly the same as its predecessor but the RAM frequency support has been increased a bit. Now the specs sheet mentions a 2133MHz frequency in the RAM support.

coming to the AI performance, the SoC has an overall boost of 70% which is definitely a nice thing to have. The SoC has the Hexagon 686 DSP long with Vector and Tensor extensions.

The camera department flaunts a pretty interesting thing. The SD 480 SoC has a triple-ISP (Spectra 345) which has just been seen only in the SD 888 SoC from Qualcomm before. The chip has camera support of 64MP in single module, 25+13 in dual module and 13+13+13MP in triple module. The video recording is still limited to just 1080p60 in H.264 and H.265 codecs.

The chip has a display support of up to Full HD+ (1080X2520) at a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Snapdragon 480 5G Connectivity

The Snapdragon 480 5G has been embedded with the and affordable X51 5G modem. It is a ultimode 5G modem. And what makes it special is the fact that it provides both Sub-6 and mmWave 5G connectivities even after being an entry-level SoC.

The modem provides LTE speeds of 800Mbps and 210Mbps in D/L and U/L. And for the 5G connectivity, the modem provides a sub-6 and mmWave combined throughput of 2500MHz and 660MHz in D/L and U/L.

The Sub-6 spectrum capability falls in 100MHz whereas that of mmWave falls in 200MHz. The mmWave spectrum bandwidth is definitely a bit narrow but considering the ebtry-level market, it is already good to have both bopth connectivity options.

The X51 modem is capable all new important 5G technologies, supporting FDD and TDD standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) 5G networks, as well as DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing).

Snapdragon 480 5G Phones

Qualcomm’s announcent shared the names of the pertner vendors that are soon going to use this SoC in their smartphones. The lis of Snapdragon 480 5G phones will be from the house of the companies like HMD Global, OPPO, Vivo, etc.

Surpricingly, OnePlus was also mention their, meaning that there are chances for the cxopany to also enter in the entry-level market. Qualcomm is expecting the first Snapdragon 480 phone to be announced this month.


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