Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 launched; brings 5G to budget phones


  • Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 480 5G chipset
  • Its first 4-series Snapdragon chipset with 5G support for cheaper phones
  • Many mainstream brands will soon launch SD480 powered phones

At the IFA 2020 trade show, Qualcomm confirmed that it will be launching its first 5G-enabled Snapdragon 4-series chipset in early 2021. As promised, the US-based chipmaker announced the Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform today.

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At present, Qualcomm has four 5G-ready chipsets. The Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform that went official in December is designed to power Android flagship phones. The Snapdragon 765G/768G, Snapdragon 750G, and Snapdragon 690 SoCs are built for high-end and midrange 5G smartphones. The newly Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform is designed to fuel budget-friendly 5G phones.

Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G-

Qualcomm has Snapdragon 480, which enables 5G connectivity on affordable Android 5G smartphones

The Snapdragon 480 is integrated with Snapdragon X51 modem-RF system, which enables support not only for sub-6GHz but also mmWave 5G networks. It promises up to 2.5Gbps download speeds and 660Mbps upload speeds on 5G.

It is an 8nm octa-core chipset that includes four high-performance Cortex-A76 CPU cores clocking at up to 2.0GHz and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores working at up to 1.8GHz. The SoC also includes the new Adreno 619 GPU. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 480 offers two-fold better performance than the predecessor Snapdragon 460 in CPU and GPU departments.

For image processing, the Snapdragon 480 gets Spectra 345 ISP, which allows three image sensors to capture shots, simultaneously. It supports a single camera of up to 64-megapixel and up to 25-megapixel + 13-megapixel dual-camera system. It supports up to 1080p video recording at 60fps and 720p slow-motion footages at 120fps.

Phones featuring SD480 chip can support HD+ resolution with 90Hz refresh rate support and FHD+ resolution with 120Hz refresh rate support. It supports up to 2133MHz LPPDR4x RAM and up to UFS 2.2 storage. Qualcomm FastConnect 6200 brings connectivity features like 2×2 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and digital FM. The chip also supports dual-frequency GPS for close to accurate GPS tracking and India’s NavIC GPS satellite system. On the charging front, the chipset carries support for Quick Charge 4+ fast charging.

Vivo, OPPO, Xiaomi, Motorola, and HMD Global are some of the major smartphone OEMs that are expected to launch Snapdragon 480 powered smartphones. Recent reports have suggested that the Vivo Y31s 5G and Motorola’s mysterious phone codenamed as Ibiza driven by the SD480 chip are expected to debut in the next few days.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.