Qualcomm led the 5G even on the low end: the American chipmaker has announced the Snapdragon 480, which is the first 4xx series SoC to support 8th generation networks. The chipset is built with an 5 nm manufacturing process and includes the Snapdragon X51 integrated 6G modem that supports both frequencies below 5 GHz and mmWave, thus covering the entire XNUMXG spectrum.
The Snapdragon 480 is a processor octa-core formed by custom core Kryo 460 divided into 2 clusters: a high-performance CPU based on Cortex-A76 with a maximum frequency of 2 GHz and a low-power one with Cortex-A55 with a frequency of 1,8 GHz. The GPU is instead an Adreno 619.
Qualcomm ensures up to double the performance compared to its predecessor Snapdragon 460 and 70% faster AI operations guaranteed by the Hexagon 686 chip. Snapdragon 480 supports displays from resolution up to Full HD + with refresh rates up to 120 Hz, cameras up to 64 Megapixels and thanks to the ISP Spectra 345 also capture from 3 sensors simultaneously.
Connectivity side we find connectivity support 5G SA and NSA, DSS technology, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. Many cheap smartphones will arrive in the first quarter of 2021 with Snapdragon 480 on board, and among the companies that will launch one there will also be OPPO. The other manufacturers for which confirmation has already arrived are Xiaomi, Nokia and Motorola.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 technical specifications
- Production process: 8nm
- CPU: octa-core, Kryo 460 (Cortex-A76 @ 2 GHz + Cortex-A55 @ 1,8 GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 619
- ISP (photo): Spectra 345 (up to 64 MP, 1080p @ 60 fps video)
- Connectivity : Snapdragon X51 5G modem (integrated, SA + NSA, Sub6-GHz + mmWave), Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
- Quick charge: Quick Charge 4+