Qualcomm takes 5G down to budget phones with Snapdragon 480
Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its lower-tier Snapdragon 480 5G, the successor to the 460 used in phones such as the Nokia 3.4.
The 480 is the first 4-series system on a chip (SoC) that supports 5G, is built on 8-nanometre lithography, supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ and 120Hz displays, and has 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 support. The X51 5G modem supports millimetre-wave and sub-6GHz 5G signals, standalone and non-standalone modes, as well as time division duplexing, frequency division duplexing, and dynamic spectrum sharing.
Using the Spectra 345 image processor, the 480 also brings triple signal processing to the 4-series, which allows it to capture stills or video from three cameras simultaneously.
After bringing 5G to its flagship 8-series at the end of 2018, Qualcomm said the new chip would allow over 3.5 billion people to access a 5G handset.
Compared to the 460, Qualcomm said the chip more than doubles the performance of the Kryo 460 CPU and Adreno 619 GPU, with AI workloads seeing performance improve by 70%.