Qualcomm has finally announced the Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform for budget mobile phone users. This is the first 4-series mobile platform that comes with 5G connectivity support. The new chipset is anticipated to stretch the reach of 5G smartphones.
“Qualcomm Technologies continues to accelerate 5G commercialization globally to make 5G smartphones more accessible, especially as people worldwide continue to connect remotely,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform will exceed OEM’s and consumer’s expectations in delivering high- and mid-tier features at an affordable price.”
Snapdragon 480 features the Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System to provide support for mmWave and Sub-6 GHz 5G; Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) modes.
Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon X51 allows multi-gigabit 5G connections for near-instantaneous uploads and downloads. It also comes with support for multiple frequencies for flexibility and accessibility. Snapdragon 480 chipset also offers dual Wi-Fi antennas with Wi-Fi 6 features. The chipset also brings Bluetooth 5.1 and advanced wireless audio capabilities. The chipset features additional innovative wireless technologies like support for Dual-frequency GPS and NavIC for precise location positioning.
The platform, based on an 8nm process, comes with the Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU with up to 2.0 GHz, Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon 686 Processor. Qualcomm claims that the chipset supplies up to 100% performance refinement in CPU and GPU, and up to 70% AI performance refinement in comparison to the previous generation. Snapdragon 480 also comes with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology.
The Snapdragon 480 5G chipset also enables a phone to click or record from all three cameras simultaneously. “Triple 13MP photo capture can deliver an image from the ultrawide, wide and telephoto camera all at once or capture triple 720p videos simultaneously,” the company said.
It can be expected that the new phones with Snapdragon 480 5G chipset will enter stores by the end of March 2021.