Even if MediaTek processors are affordable, most companies begin to use them in 2020 only because they are new to user knowledge. When a person buys an Android mobile, they feel confident, and other processors always doubt if they find a Snapdragon processor. It is normal. MediaTek has to grow a lot in the industry. MediaTek 5G processors are affordable. Most of the companies begin to adopt them. Snapdragon released 5G technology in the 400 series; with Snapdragon 480, We can expect 5G in Entry-Level Android Mobiles. Already in Snapdragon 600 series, We can expect the 5G mobiles around $200-300. With 400 series 5G, the cost will be less.
Entry Level Snapdragon 480 Chipset with 5G
Most of the phones with 5G connectivity fall in the flagship category and are still difficult for millions of users to consider. For these users to access the 5G connectivity, Qualcomm® today rolls out the Snapdragon 480 Chipset. The company’s latest Chipset has a 5G-enabled processor and the first of 4-series Chipset with 5G connectivity to power the Entry-Level Android Mobiles.
CPU and GPU
Qualcomm® built the Snapdragon 480 on its 2GHz Kryo processor with eight Cores. Out of these eight Cores, four are based on Arm Cortex-A76 Performance Architecture. And the rest four are based on more efficient Cortex-A55. It is a significant leap over the last year’s Snapdragon 460 Chipset based on Cortex A73 and A53. With the combination of improves Andreno 619 graphics and an 8-nanometer Manufacturing Process, Qualcomm® is claiming a 100% boost in CPU and GPU performance over the 460 chipsets and a 70% gain in Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Built-In Modem-RF System
The most fabulous feature of Snapdragon 480 is the X51 5G built-in Modem-RF System. Qualcomm® offers up to 2.5 Gbps (5G), 800 Mbps (LTE), Peak Download Speed, and Up to 660 Mbps (5G), 210 Mbps (LTE) Peak Upload Speed. Also, it supports 5G Spectrum for sub-6 GHz for 100 MHz bandwidth with 4×4 MIMO, 5G mmWave for 200 MHz bandwidth with 2×2 MIMO, and Global 5G multi-SIM is additional. The mobile operators are also ready for 5G. T-Mobile achieved 1Gbps with its mid-band 5G.
Qualcomm® Snapdragon 480 supports Wi-Fi 6 with 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11ax-ready, 802.11ac Wave 2 protocols and 2.4GHz, 5GHz Spectral Bands.
The Snapdragon 480 supports Bluetooth 5.1 with Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive Audio and Qualcomm TrueWireless™ Technology.
From the camera end, Snapdragon 480 supports Qualcomm Spectra™ 345 image signal processor with Triple 12-bit ISPs. We can get up to 64MP images with a single camera and 25MP with a dual camera. You can also use the three cameras simultaneously with ISP technology.
You will get 60fps, 1080p with a single camera, 30fps, 1080p with a dual camera, and 30fps, 720p with triple cameras for video recording. It also supports slow-motion video capture with 720p at 120fps. Also, the camera features a HEIF photo and HEIC photo capture. From Codec ends, it supports H.264, H.265, and VP9.
Qualcomm® Snapdragon 480 chipset supports Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ technology that helps fast charging and wireless charging as you get in flagship mobiles.
How Snapdragon 480 can Users?
The Qualcomm® strategy is to fetch the 5G phones in a more comfortable range for millions of users who cannot afford today’s flagship mobiles. The phone with SD600 is selling in the $200-$300 range, and Qualcomm® aim to sell the SD480 mobile phones with 5G enabled at a price range of $125-$150. This price range will definitely attract the mid-range users and capture the maximum market share of 5G phones.
The mobile phone giants Nokia, OnePlus, and OPPO have confirmed that they will use Snapdragon 480 in their upcoming phones this summer. According to a leak, Motorola is also expected to launch soon a phone powered with Snapdragon 480 chipset.
The year 2020 was the year of 5G introduction to mobile handsets. And every OEM launched its 5G enabled products in the market. MediaTek already surpassed Qualcomm in Q3 2020 sales. Qualcomm® felt the need for 5G enabled devices and is focused on 5G in 2020. And it gained a 39% share of the whole 5G phone market in the third quarter of 2020. It is speculated that in 2021 the share of 5G phones that was only 17% in 2020 will get more than double.
Qualcomm already released Snapdragon 600 series for mid-range mobiles. The Snapdragon 480 with 5G enabled modem will help the OEM’s to reduce the prices that mid-range users can easily afford. It will also give a tough time to its competitor MediaTek that pushes down Qualcomm® to number two in the third quarter 2020 market share. In this scenario, you will be getting a low-cost 5G enabled phone in 2021. Do tell us your views in the comments below regarding the new chipset.
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