Snapdragon launches the first 400 series 5G SOC: Snapdragon 480

Qualcomm has announced its new Snapdragon 480 SoC targeted towards budget devices. This chip will be used for affordable 5G phones in the coming year. Snapdragon 480 is built on the 8nm process and comes with an integrated Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF system with support for both mmWave and Sub-6 GHz networks.

Snapdragon 480 CPU has Kryo 460 performance cores based on the Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.0GHz alongside more power-efficient A55 cores working at 1.8GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 619. Snapdragon 480 is said to be twice as fast in both CPU and GPU performance compared to the previous Snapdragon 460 chipset. AI tasks will be 70% faster thanks to the Qualcomm Hexagon 686 chipset.

The Snapdragon 480 also adds up support for 120Hz refresh rate displays with FHD+ resolution, 64MP camera sensors, and 1080p recording at 60 fps, also it has Qualcomm’s Spectra 345 ISP which supports simultaneous capture from up to three camera sensors.

The new chipset also gains SA and NSA 5G modes, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DDS), Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.

Chipset (process)Snapdragon 460 (11 nm)Snapdragon 480 (8 nm)
CPUOcta-core up to 1.8 GHz
Kryo 240
Octa-core up to 2 GHz
Kryo 460
GPUAdreno 610Adreno 619
PhotoSpectra 340
Up to 48 MP; 1080p @ 60 fps
Spectra 345
Up to 64MP; 1080p @ 60 fps
ModemSnapdragon X11 LTE
Snapdragon X51 5G
ConnectivityDual VoLTE; Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
mmWave + Sub-6 Ghz; Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Fast chargingQuick Charge 3Quick Charge 4+