The Snapdragon 480 helps millimeter-wave and sub-6 5G

Qualcomm has kicked off the brand new yr by announcing the Snapdragon 480, its first 5G chipset designed for reasonably priced handsets that fall someplace within the $200 value vary.

Decrease-priced telephones with 5G functionality haven’t been all the fad but within the U.S., however in different nations, like China and India, curiosity has been excessive, leading to Qualcomm dealing with intense international competitors on this space from corporations like Taiwan’s MediaTek, which has catered properly to these markets to date.

Not solely will the 480 chipset be sure that Qualcomm can now go head-to-head with MediaTek relating to funds telephones, however in contrast to its competitors, Qualcomm’s newest chipset helps millimeter-wave (mmWave), along with sub-6 GHz 5G. MediaTek has but to construct a chipset with mmWave help.

Extra particularly, the X51 modem within the 480 is identical one featured within the Snapdragon 690 and helps as much as 200 megahertz of mmWave and 100 megahertz of sub-6 GHz 5G spectrum, leading to sooner speeds than skilled on 4G, however not fairly as quick as you would possibly get with a high-end 5G handset.

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The 480 additionally options new core designs and an 8nm course of, and the corporate claimed customers will expertise double the CPU and GPU efficiency of the earlier Snapdragon 460, in addition to a 70% enchancment for AI duties.

As well as, it’s the primary 4-series chipset to help 120fps FHD+ panels, and the primary to supply 64-megapixel nonetheless photos, in addition to a triple ISP for triple digital camera integration.

Telephones sporting the Snapdragon 480 are anticipated to reach someday within the first quarter of this yr, with Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, Motorola and HMD’s Nokia amongst a number of the main corporations predicted to make the most of the chipset in its funds telephones.