Qualcomm today announced its lasts 5G chipset, the Snapdragon 480. The SoC is the first in the Snapdragon 4-series and is expected to bring 5G to low-end devices thereby causing a wide-spread adoption of the connectivity.
The first set of 5G devices powered by the Snapdragon 480 5G SoC is expected to be released in Q1 2021 by HMD Global, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo. 5G phones are about to be cheap more than ever with prices ranging from $125 to $250 and Qualcomm expects “the transition from 4G to 5G will significantly accelerate globally.”
The 5G capability is not the only impressive feature of this SoC. It represents a major leap in performance in the Snapdragon 4-series with two Cortex-A76 cores as its main CPUs. It is built on an 8nm process and features the Kryo 460 CPU with up to 2.0 GHz, Adreno 619 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon 686 Processor which Qualcomm says delivers up to 100% performance improvement in CPU and GPU, and up to 70% AI performance improvement compared to the previous generation.
The Snapdragon 480 5G is the first chipset in the 400 series to feature the Quick Charge 4+ technology, the first to feature Qualcomm’s Spectra 345 ISP which can shoot a photo from an ultrawide, wide and telephoto camera at once, and also the first to offer support for 120fps FHD+ display.
5G phones are expensive at the moment, but with the Snapdragon 480 more mobile users will be able to enjoy the connectivity without spending much.