Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 has been launched as the company’s first 4-series mobile platform with 5G support. It’s bound to power more affordable 5G phones in the year. Qualcomm announced the development of its Snapdragon 480 SoC in September. The chipset comes as a successor to the Snapdragon 460 SoC that debuted in January last year with Wi-Fi 6 and NavIC support. The chipset is built on the 8nm process and comes with an integrated Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF system with support for both mmWave and Sub-6 GHz networks.
The first smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 480 5G SoC are expected to launch in early 2021, Qualcomm announced through a press statement. The San Diego-based company is working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including HMD Global, OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo to bring the devices based on the new SoC to the market.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 specifications, features
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 comes with eight cores of Kryo 460 CPU clocked at up to 2GHz, along with Adreno 619 GPU that can deliver two times improvement when compared with the Snapdragon 460 SoC. Qualcomm also noted that the Adreno 619 GPU particularly offers over 100 percent improvement over the Adreno 610 GPU available on the previous Snapdragon SoC. The Snapdragon 480 SoC supports eMMC and UFS 2.2 storage, 2x16GB LP4x RAM at a frequency of 2133MHz. There is also near-field communication (NFC) support.