Snapdragon 480 5G, Qualcomm paving the way for cheaper and faster Android


With Snapdragon 480 5G, Qualcomm paved the way for cheaper and faster Android.

Snapdragon 480 5G specs

aim to push further market mass, with the Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform paving the way for more affordable Android phones that don’t sacrifice support for fifth-generation cellular networks. The latest in the Snapdragon 4-Series, this new chipset has the potential to bring 5G within the range of devices under $200, if manufacturers are interested.

While not the cheapest chipset in the Snapdragon lineup, the Series 4 is among some of the most affordable Android smartphones currently available in the US. The Nokia 3.4 that was announced last September, for example, uses a Snapdragon 460 chipset – which the new Snapdragon 480 does – and clocks in at $180 unlocked. However, the downside is 5G.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G

Snapdragon 480 5G specs
  • Part number – SM4350
  • Process – 8nm
  • CPU – Kryo 460 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz
  • GPU – Adreno 619; OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.1, Open CL 2.0
  • Modem – Snapdragon X51 5G with support for sub-6GHz and mmWave
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11a / b / g / n, 802.11ax-ready (Wi-Fi 6), 802.11ac Wave 2; 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
  • Bluetooth – Bluetooth 5.1
  • Qualcomm FastConnect – Qualcomm FastConnect 6200
  • Locations – Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, dual frequency GNSS, NavIC, GPS, GNSS, QZSS, SBASÂ

Snapdragon 480 5G will fix the previous shortcomings, with Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF system. It will support not only the wider 5G Sub-6 GHz 5G network, which is more ubiquitous but also not the fastest type, but mmWave as well. There’s support for features that until recently we’ve only seen on Qualcomm’s more expensive chipsets, such as Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) modes, TDD and FDD capabilities, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). Qualcomm says the phone can see downloads of up to 2.5 Gbps and uploads of 660 Mbps, depending on the network.

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In addition, there’s Qualcomm FastConnect 6200 – though not necessarily all – WiFi 6 feature set. That includes 8 Ã — 8 sounds with multi-user MIMO. Bluetooth 5.1 and dual frequency GPS are also included. In short, while the more expensive Android phones in 2021 may have 5G and faster WiFi, Snapdragon 480 5G based devices will undoubtedly still be faster than their previous users.

Indeed, compared to Snapdragon 460, this new chipset should provide a 100 percent increase in CPU and GPU performance, Qualcomm said. It depends on the Kryo 460 CPU running up to 2.0 GHz, and the Adreno 619 GPU. AI performance is up to 70 percent faster, with the Hexagon 686 Processor.

In addition to 5G joining the 4-Series for the first time, the Snapdragon 480 also includes Quick Charge 4+ as a new addition to its lineup. The Spectra 345 ISP features the Series 4’s first triple ISP, capable of capturing from three 13-megapixel sensors simultaneously. That could mean taking shots of the wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses simultaneously, or three streams of 720p HD video at the same time.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G 2

Finally, there’s support for FHD+ 120fps screens and Qualcomm aptX audio. Qualcomm says the first devices to use the new Snapdragon 480 5G will be announced earlier this year, though it’s up to individual OEMs to fill in the exact details. However, with HMD Global, OnePlus, OPPO, and Vivo. Nokia announced their support today, it looks like those in the market for a more affordable route to 5G will have no shortage of options.

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