Qualcomm announces its latest budget SoC, the Snapdragon 480, bringing 5G to more affordable smartphones. The latest chipset is built on an 8nm process and promises better performance compared to its predecessor.

Despite the budget status, the Snapdragon 480 comes with an integrated Snapdragon X51 Modem which supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G. The modem, Qualcomm claims, can reach download speeds of up to 2.5Gbps and uploads of up to 660Mbps on 5G.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480

As for performance, it has eight cores with two 2GHz high performance Cortex A76 cores and six 1.8GHz power efficiency Cortex A55 cores. It also comes with an Adreno 619 GPU. According to Qualcomm, they have increased both CPU and GPU performance by over 100 percent, meaning the budget chip is capable of performing close to the Snapdragon 730G normally found on more expensive devices.

Aside from the technical specs, the Snapdragon 480 also supports 120Hz refresh rate at up to full HD resolution displays, 64MP cameras, triple rear cameras, 1080p video recording at 60 fps, Wi-Fi 6, and Quick Charge 4+.

With that, we should expect budget 5G phones early this year from the likes of realme, OPPO, Xiaomi, vivo, Nokia, and more.


Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys blogging and watching NBA clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

Write A Comment