Qualcomm has steadily lowered the barrier to entry for 5G with the introduction of the Snapdragon 765G, 690, 750G, and now the 480. Qualcomm says the 480 can offer up to twice the power thanks to an upgraded Kryo 460 CPU and Adreno 619 GPU.
In the press release, Qualcomm mentioned Nokia Mobile as one of the partners that should have a device with Snapdragon 480 available on the market in the coming months.
Qualcomm says we can expect phones powered by the new chip to be introduced in early 2021, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a few announcements scheduled to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
The Snapdragon 480 5G is an 8nm octa-core processor.
Featuring the integrated Snapdragon X51 modem-RF system, the Snapdragon 480 can connect to the sub-6GHz 5G networks used by the majority of carriers around the world with 100MHz of bandwidth and 4 antennas, but it can also connect to the less common millimeter-wave 5G networks with 200MHz of bandwidth and 2 antennas. It is the first chipset in the Snapdragon 4xx series to come with 5G connectivity, and it comes with some exciting features.
Of course, a 5G modem isn't the only connectivity component of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480.
Compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 460, the Snapdragon 480 promises a huge increase in performance, which is even more important when considering the processing capabilities required for potentially large data flow with 5G technology. It also brings the first triple ISP to the 4-series for improved camera support and performance. Support for FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate combined with Qualcomm aptX audio means that users can enjoy smooth gaming with great audio. With Qualcomm FastConnect™ 6200 mobile connection subsystem, the Snapdragon 480 cannot only provide Bluetooth 5.1 and advanced wireless audio features, but also support 2×2 Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi dual antennas) and 8×8 detection of MU-MIMO. HMD Global and OPPO have confirmed their intentions to launch mobile devices with the new SoC, but Motorola is also expected to launch a smartphone with the Snapdragon 480 if a recent leak from TecknikNews is to be believed. It, however, kicks off a new era for 400-series chipsets.
Qualcomm makes plenty of powerful chips for all kinds of smartphones, but its latest processor has got an eye out for budget phones in particular, hoping to bring them some substantial upgrades.