Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 has launched the first 4 series mobile platform with 5G support. The new SoC is specifically designed to give 5G connectivity to the affordable smartphone. Qualcomm announced the development of its Snapdragon 480 SoC in September. The features in Snapdragon 480 includes the X51 5G Modem-RF System that supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz networks. The first smartphone of Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G is expected to launch in early 2021.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G Features
The Snapdragon 480 5G SOC is built In an 8nm process. The New SOC comes with eight cores Kyro 460 CPU clocked at up to 2GHz with Adreno 619 GPU that can give two times improvement. Qualcomm also noted that the Adreno 619 GPU offers over 100 percent improvement.
The Snapdragon 480 SoC includes Hexagon 686 digital signal processor (DSP) that works with the integrated CPU and AI performance boost over the predecessor. There is also Qualcomm Sensing Hub for supporting artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms at low power and fusing contextual data streams including sensors, audio, and voice.
In terms of connectivity, the Snapdragon 480 SoC features Snapdragon X51 modem that brings 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz connectivity on standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes. The modem also supports global multi-SIM 5G access and includes multimode support with 5G New Radio (NR) and LTE connectivity. Qualcomm has provided its FastConnect 6200 system that offers dual Wi-Fi antennas with support for Wi-Fi 6. The system also brings Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. There is also support for Galileo, GLONASS, NavIC, GPS, GNSS, QZSS, and SBAS for enabling location-based services.
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.
For an enhanced viewing experience on devices based on the Snapdragon 480 SoC, Qualcomm has offered up to full-HD+ (1,080×2,520 pixels) display support along with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The SoC also includes Qualcomm Spectra 345 image signal processor (ISP) that brings support for an up to 13-megapixel triple rear camera setup with 30fps, zero-shutter lag and multi-frame noise reduction. It can also work with a dual camera configuration that includes an up to 25-megapixel primary sensor and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor.
The new Snapdragon SoC includes the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec as well as Qualcomm aptX audio. There is also support for Qualcomm Charge 4+ faster-charging experiences over the Snapdragon 460 SoC that had support for Quick Charge 3.0.