During its IFA 2020 show last year, Qualcomm established that it will launch Snapdragon 400 series chipsets with 5G support next year. We’re just four days away from 2021 also Qualcomm has officially announced this Snapdragon 480 5G chipset today. Snapdragon 480 5G is the first 5G chipset in this Snapdragon 400 series. It joins the ranks of the Snapdragon 690 5G and Snapdragon 750G to democratize 5G connectivity for the masses.
Snapdragon 480 5G: Specifications
Snapdragon 480 5G can be seen as a successor to this Snapdragon 460, which was present in early 2020. However, it ushers in a new era for 400 series chipsets. The Snapdragon 480 5G is an octa-core chipset based at the 8 nm process node.
The chipset features Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz. It was introduced with the Snapdragon 675 in October 2018. It includes 2x Kryo 460 Gold cores clocked at 2.0 GHz also 6 silver cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. The chipset is paired with the Adreno 619 GPU (which was found onboard the Snapdragon 750G), Hexagon 686 DSP, and more than 70% improvement in AI performance.
All of this results in an improvement of up to 100% in CPU also GPU performance, Qualcomm boasts in official press publicity. Snapdragon 480 5G is also this first 400 series chipset to support Qualcomm fast Charge 4.0+. As for 5G connectivity, this chipset gets equipped with this Snapdragon X51 5G modem. Supports sub-6GHz and mmWave networks, SA / NSA, TDD / FDD modes, also more. This combines with Qualcomm FastConnect 6200 to serve you Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-frequency GPS, NavIC, also other connectivity features.
Availability: First Snapdragon 480 5G Smartphone?
Now, since 5G services are expected to roll out in India by the second half of 2021 (at least, according to Reliance Jio), you must be eager to know when you can get an affordable 5G smartphone in India. Qualcomm is working among partners like HMD Global (Nokia phones), Oppo, also Vivo to bring 5G smartphones to the masses.
You can expect commercial smartphones powered by this Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform to begin rolling out in early 2021. This chipset will compete with the MediaTek Dimensity 700 series in the budget segment.