Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G to power affordable 5G smartphones

Qualcomm Technologies announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform targeting 5G smartphone OEMs for offering high- and mid-tier features at an affordable price.
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The first commercial devices powered by the Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform are expected to be announced in early 2021.

Smartphone suppliers such as HMD Global, OnePlus, OPPO and Vivo are likely to announce their 5G smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform.

“The Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform will exceed OEM’s and consumer’s expectations in delivering high- and mid-tier features at an affordable price,” Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, said.

Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform

Snapdragon 480 features the Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System to support mmWave and Sub-6 GHz 5G; Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) modes; Time Division Duplexing (TDD), Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD), and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) for top mobile performance and connectivity.

Snapdragon X51 enables multi-gigabit 5G connections for near instantaneous uploads and downloads and supports multiple frequencies.

With Qualcomm FastConnect 6200, Snapdragon 480 offers 2×2 Wi-Fi (dual Wi-Fi antennas) with a set of Wi-Fi 6 features, such as 8×8 sounding with multi-user MIMO, for significant range and performance improvements, in addition to Bluetooth 5.1 and advanced wireless audio capabilities.

Snapdragon 480 features additional trailblazing wireless technologies such as support for Dual-frequency GPS and NavIC for accurate location positioning.

Snapdragon 480 allows smartphone users to stay productive longer and recharge faster. The platform, based on 8nm process, features the Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU with up to 2.0 GHz, Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon 686 Processor to deliver up to 100 percent performance improvement in CPU and GPU, and up to 70 percent AI performance improvement.

Qualcomm said Snapdragon 480 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology, a first in a 4-series.

Capture photos and videos with Qualcomm Spectra 345 ISP – the first triple ISP in a 4 series. Capture from all three cameras simultaneously.  Triple 13MP photo capture can deliver an image from the ultrawide, wide and telephoto camera all at once or capture triple 720p videos simultaneously.

The Snapdragon 480 upgrades streaming and gaming user experiences. The 120fps FHD+ display support provides incredible content clarity and quick, smooth graphics rendering.

The platform offers immersive entertainment with Qualcomm aptX audio, optimized gaming experiences across titles, streaming for HD content, and faster application load times, says Qualcomm.

OEM comments

“We introduced our first 5G smartphone (the Nokia 8.3 5G) less than a year ago and new Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform is a huge step towards global 5G access,” said Adam Ferguson, global head of product marketing at HMD Global.

“We can’t wait to deliver advanced 5G capabilities to the mass market through upcoming device based on the new Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform,” said Kinder Liu, chief operating officer, OnePlus.

“We are excited to leverage the new Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform to scale consumer access to and use of 5G,” says Brenda, product manager, OPPO. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration to bring consumers a wider selection of affordable smartphone choices with enhanced mobile experiences.”

Heliang Liu, product director, vivo, said: “We are excited that with the new Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform will be able to deliver 5G connectivity, low power capabilities, and new entertainment features on smartphones devices at scale.”