Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 480 SoC, the first in the 400-series to sport 5G connectivity. There has been a lot of hype around 5G technology becoming mainstream in India. But with the technology still fetching a premium in the smartphone market, and only featuring in mid-range and flagship smartphones, the adoption has naturally been slow-paced. Now, Qualcomm is shaking things up by introducing 5G to the Snapdragon 400 series platform, meant for low-cost Android smartphones. The Snapdragon 480 5G was teased back in August at IFA 2020, and almost four-months after, we have some vital details to share. With an octa-core Kryo 460 CPU and the Adreno 619 GPU, the Snapdragon 480 5G also marks a big leap in raw performance. Qualcomm claims 2x bump in CPU and GPU performance and a 70 per cent improvement in AI performance. Despite being a budget SoC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G doesn’t cheap out on 5G network support. It supports both mmWave and Sub-6GHz bands for 5G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon X51 5G modem. The mmWave support is exclusive to Qualcomm models and is the real driver behind the insane internet speeds 5G promises.
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