Snapdragon 480: Qualcomm takes 5G to the most economical range



Qualcomm is the most widely used processor brand in Spain, although worldwide it has lost some presence so far. The 5G is already common in many processors of the manufacturer, which in 2021 seeks to bring this connectivity to the most modest range, within its Snapdragon 400 range as confirmed. The first processor that makes it real is here: Snapdragon 480 is official.

Snapdragon 480 is a processor with which Qualcomm takes 5G to the most modest range on Android. It becomes the first processor within the Snapdragon 400 range the brand to have support for the 5G. A chip that we will surely see a lot in the input range in this 2021.

A cheap processor with 5G

This processor is not the most powerful or complete of the brand, but it is an important step as it is the cheapest 5G chip within its catalogue. Snapdragon 480 comes with the built-in Snapdragon X51 MODEM-RF, allowing it to support 5G SA and NSA. It will be able to connect to the 5G sub-6GHz networks used by most operators worldwide with 100MHz bandwidth and 4 antennas, but can also be connected to the less common millimetre Wave 5G networks with 200MHz bandwidth and 2 antennas.

Also, io features Qualcomm's own FastConnect 6200 mobile connectivity subsystem that supports dual WiFi antennas, 8-stream sound with multi-user MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm aptX adaptive codec, and company TrueWireless technology.

Snapdragon 480 is not a particularly powerful processor, but it performs well in its field. It has been manufactured using an 8 nm process and has an eight-core CPU composed of a group of ARM Cortex-A76 cores with a clock frequency of up to 2.0GHz for high-performance tasks and a group of ARM Cortex-A55 cores with a clock of up to 1.8 GHz for less demanding tasks. Its performance doubles that of Snapdragon 460 according to Qualcomm itself. The GPU used in this case is Adreno 619, which also promises a double performance. Qualcomm has introduced the Hexagon 686 DSP into this processor, as well as a Sensing Hub for low-power and always-on audio and voice processing.

For the image processor, three Spectra 345 ISPs have been added, allowing it to process images from three cameras simultaneously, although performance is limited to 13 Mpx for three still images and 720p for three videos. This processor also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ for fast wired charging, support for Full HD resolution displays with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, UFS storage chips (up to 2.2 specifications), and LPDDR4X RAM up to 2133MHz.



Availability

It is expected that this same month the first phones will arrive on the market using Snapdragon 480 5G. Brands like OPPO or HMD Global (Nokia) have confirmed their plans to launch phones that make use of this processor, although we don't know if those models will arrive later this month. Also, brands like Motorola could use this chip.

Snapdragon 480 features

  • Manufacturing process: 8 nm.
  • GPU:
  1. 2 ARM Cortex-A76 cores at 2.0 GHz.
  2. 6 ARM Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz.
  • Modem: X51 (Dota 5G connectivity).
  • GPU: Adreno 619.
  • Connectivity :5G, FastConnect 6200, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1.
  • Cameras:
  1. Support for triple sensors up to 25+ 13 Mpx.
  2. Support up to 64 Mpx in unique sensors.
  3. Video recording: Up to 1080p at 60fps.
  • Screens:
  1. Resolution: Full HD+.
  2. The refresh rate of 120 Hz.
  • Charging: Quick Charge 4+.
  • Positioning: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC, and SBAS.
  • Sound: Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec, Total Harmonic Distortion.

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