Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 will bring 5G connectivity to budget phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G SoC announced vs 480 Specifications Features Improvements 5G
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5G connectivity was among the top trends in the smartphone world in the past couple of years. We see the price of flagship smartphones soar up because of this new feature. However, several efforts have since been made to bring the feature to low-cost smartphones. Last year, we saw Qualcomm introduce Snapdragon 690 SoC with 5G connectivity. In a bid to make 5G more accessible, Qualcomm has now introduced Snapdragon 480 5G chipset for budget smartphones.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G Chipset Overview:

Connectivity 

First, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – the 5G connectivity. Snapdragon 480 SoC is the first chip in the budget 400 series to come with the technology. It features an integrated X51 5G Modem-RF system that supports both Sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G and Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone modes. Other features include Time Division Duplexing (TDD), Frequent Division Duplexing, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

Similarly, the SD 480 has support for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and dual-frequency GPS.

Architecture 

Compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 480 5G chipset is based on a newer 8nm process so expect the Snapdragon 480 to be more power-efficient.

Qualcomm has opted for a 2+6 core setup instead of the 4+4 arrangement on the SD 460. The Snapdragon 480 has two Cortex-A76 high-performance cores. While the A76 is not the fastest performing cores available today, it is still a huge improvement over the Cortex-A73. The A76 cores are even clocked higher at 2.0GHz. Similarly, Cortex-A55 cores have been favored over the Cortex-A53. Qualcomm is claiming a CPU performance of up to 100%.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC

The company has made similar claims about the GPU in the new processor as well. Its Adreno 619 promises up to a 100% performance leap compared to the Adreno 610 in Snapdragon 460.

Camera 

The image signal processor in the Snapdragon 480 is the Qualcomm Spectra 345. Because of it, smartphones with Snapdragon 480 can have a 12MP triple camera setup. It’s a triple ISP. That is, it can capture images or record 720p videos from all three cameras simultaneously. Such a feature was introduced in the Snapdragon 888 and is a first for the 400 series.

Rest of the features 

Moving on, Snapdragon 480 can support FHD+ displays with up to 120Hz refresh rate. Qualcomm Sensing Hub supports multiple always-on voice assistants too. It is also the first time technologies like AI-based echo-cancellation and background-noise cancellation have been included in the Snapdragon 400 series. Similarly, the Snapdragon 480 chip is also the first of its kind to come with Quick Charge 4+ technology.

Snapdragon 480  Snapdragon 460 
Process 8nm 11nm
Performance/ big Cores  2x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A76 4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A73
Efficiency / little Cores  6 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 619 Adreno 610
DSP Hexagon 686 Hexagon 683
Fast Charging Quick Charge 4+ Quick Charge 3
Modem Snapdragon X51 (5G) Snapdragon X11
Image Signal Processor  Spectra 345 Spectra 340
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Subsystem  FastConnect 6200 FastConnect 6100

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G Chipset Availability 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chipset is expected to power budget smartphones from early 2021. Brands like Oppo, Nokia, and OnePlus are expected to use the new chipset in their upcoming smartphones.

5G smartphone chipset   Availability
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G Q1, 2021
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