Snapdragon 480 is the first 4-series 5G chipset from Qualcomm

04 January 2021
It will power the budget 5G Androids of 2021.

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  • TechGeek

Qualcomm is very good at making budget chipsets and I am sure that they will bring some incredible technology to their Snapdragon 480 chip. I am sure that many smartphone manufacturers will make excellent use of this new chip.

  • Linus

Anonymous, 04 Jan 2021"Qualcomm is boasting a two-fold increase in both CPU ... moreI don't think it'll be has good as the Snapdragon 845, but it should be better than the Snapdragon 636, 632 and 660.

  • Riley

OwnFix3, 04 Jan 2021700 series was pure money grabbing chips. These 4xx series ... moreThat's very true but I hope it will be able to perform better than some of the cheaper mediatek helio G series chips

  • kek

I'm rocking a 450 SD, and it was way better than I expected. It's weak point is mostly the GPU, but other than that, is more than ok for normal everyday activities.

pesches132, 04 Jan 2021Can a 4-series even take full advantage of 5g? No but it will still be a reasonable upgrade over 4G since cheaper phones don't use extra 4G antennas to multistream. Cheaper 4G phones tend to max out at 40-50Mbps real world speeds and 5G hopefully will be able to do about 200Mbps on such devices once the system matures.

pesches132, 04 Jan 2021Can a 4-series even take full advantage of 5g? Of course it can, it has the 5G modem and it's using Cortex-A76, didn't you read?

  • Matt

Anonymous, 04 Jan 2021This is better than all sd 6xx chipsets except sd690Snapdragon 675 and 678 should offer equal or slightly better CPU performance. It should be better on everything else tough.

PaintNinja, 04 Jan 2021This new SD480 and the fairly recent SD690 are incredible! ... moreThis is just to have 5G, newer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth versions on entry level devices, what do you mean by it having flagships capabilities? It won't even touch SD 855 and certainly not SD 888.

Qualcomm is feeling the heat. They're introducing another chipset to counter against Dimensity 800. It's strange that it offers the same GPU as what was in the Snapdragon 750G and maybe better than Snapdragon 690 which now both of these chipsets provide less value for performance. Another strange fact is the omission of 4K recording capabilities despite being fully capable of doing so, probably to not downplay the 6 and 7 series. This is an interesting move from Qualcomm. Now I do wonder when devices would actually launch with it.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 04 Jan 2021"Qualcomm is boasting a two-fold increase in both CPU ... moreI looked a bit deeper into it and the Kryo 460 has 2 x Cortex-A76 cores compared to 4 x A73 cores on the Kryo 240 of the predecessor. I think that is a good decision, because single core performance is important as well, but I don't think it will reach the multi core performance of Snapdragon 845, more like 835.

About time for the Snapdragon 400 series chipset to get a 5G-enabled variant. Now we can definitely see the rise of entry-level 5G smartphones.

700 series was pure money grabbing chips. These 4xx series are the ones where research coincides with the masses, because, the public cannot afford 7xx, 8xxx series. Even 6xx is costly in a developing country like India.

Hence, 4xx series is perfect for such consumers. And this is where cutting edge development too needs to sedate.

  • Anonymous

"Qualcomm is boasting a two-fold increase in both CPU and GPU performance compared to the Snapdragon 460 chipset."

That's impressive considering how good the 460 already was. This should put the CPU in the region of the Snapdragon 845, not too shabby

This new SD480 and the fairly recent SD690 are incredible!

So exciting for budget and midrange phones to finally have the capabilities of flagships.

  • Anonymous

Low range sd480 lower midrange sd690 midrange sd750.Thats great but meditek will surely fight back.

Seems pretty good

Damn, this is very impressive. The budget phones race of 2021 about to be far more interesting now!

  • iPhone suggestions

if this chip will be reloaded to iPhone 5s - 6Plus much better.

  • Anonymous

MagicMonkeyBoy, 04 Jan 2021Awesome... Gaming for less than $150Gaming those games that are locked at 60fps by their own creators?

wow a budget SD with mmWave and sub6 support, wifi 6 BT 5.1, man budget phones are gonna be SOO good in the coming future.

Cheap phones are getting good -MKBHD