Qualcomm brings 5G capabilities to mass volume smartphones

January 05, 2021 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Qualcomm brings 5G capabilities to mass volume smartphones
Snapdragon 480 accelerates global 5G commercialization and delivers high- and mid-tier features for smartphones at an affordable price.

The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 480 5G Mobile Platform, the first in the 4-series equipped with 5G continues to help drive further proliferation of 5G smartphones, allowing users access to truly global 5G connectivity and high-performance to power in-demand productivity and entertainment experiences.

“Qualcomm Technologies continues to accelerate 5G commercialization globally to make 5G smartphones more accessible, especially as people worldwide continue to connect remotely,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “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.”

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. The Snapdragon X51 enables multi-gigabit 5G connections for near instantaneous uploads and downloads and supports multiple frequencies for flexibility and accessibility. With Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6200, Snapdragon 480 also offers 2x2 Wi-Fi (dual Wi-Fi antennas) with a set of key Wi-Fi 6 features, such as 8x8 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.

The Snapdragon 480 allows users of smartphones 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% performance improvement in CPU and GPU, and up to 70% AI performance improvement compared to the previous generation. Snapdragon 480 also supports Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ technology, a first in a 4-series.


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