Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 480, the company’s latest processor to support 5G and the first in the Snapdragon 4 series of chipsets for low-budget Android devices, which tend to be much cheaper than most efforts. of Qualcomm in the field of 5G.
The Snapdragon 4 chipset with 5G was initially shown at IFA 2020, but today’s announcement is the first real detail of the new processor.
The Snapdragon 480 has the built-in Snapdragon X51 modem with support for mmWave and 6 GHz networks. This means that the modem is compatible with the 5G network used today.
The addition of 5G to the 4 Series may be one of the main factors in making the NGN standard more accessible to users around the world.
Currently, most 5G phones typically cost over $ 500, and the technology is generally limited to mid-size and flagship phones.
But by adding it to its Snapdragon 4 series of chipsets, Qualcomm makes it easy for manufacturers to add 5G to cheaper phones in the budget line.
This means that 2021 could be the year when some truly affordable 5G phones arrive.
Not only is the Snapdragon 480 interesting for its 5G support, but also because it promises to deliver a huge leap in performance over the Snapdragon 460 processor.
Qualcomm explains that the Snapdragon 480 should offer double the performance of the old model for the CPU and GPU, with a 70% improvement in AI tasks thanks to the Adreno 619 GPU, Kryo 460 processor cores and to the Qualcomm Hexagon 686 chipset.
Many features have also been disclosed by previous Snapdragon products, like the Snapdragon 480:
• The first processor in the Snapdragon 4 series, manufactured using 8nm technology.
• The first Snapdragon 4 chipset to support Quick Charge 4 Plus technology.
• The first Snapdragon 4 series processor that supports 120 frames per second with FHD + resolution.
• The first Snapdragon 4 series processor to offer 64 MP still images.
• The first Snapdragon 4 chipset processor capable of capturing still photos and videos from three cameras simultaneously.
The first phones with Snapdragon 480 are expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2021.
Some of the big companies that are expected to launch phones compatible with the new processor in the coming months include Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, Motorola and Nokia.