When we generally discuss a smartphone, some of the very basic things that we look out for our cameras (nowadays), and the processor. The processor is the most essential component of any smartphone. You can have top-notch hardware, software and destroy it all with a bad processor. It would be quite fair to say that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are the best processors for Android smartphones and in this edition, we are taking Snapdragon 730 vs Snapdragon 480.
In this article, we are going to compare Snapdragon 730 vs Snapdragon 480 and the very obvious question in your mind will be why compare a 4-series processor with a 7-series processor? Well, let’s find out.
Snapdragon 730 vs Snapdragon 480
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 was announced on January 4, 2021, and the important thing to notice is that it will be the very first processor to have 5G support in any of Snapdragon’s 4 series processors.
Also Read: Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform | Qualcomm
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 was announced on April 9, 2019, along with Snapdragon 730G. This processor powers the likes of Xiaomi Redmi K20, Vivo X50, Samsung Galaxy A71, and a lot of other smartphones.
So here is why we are comparing Snapdragon 730 vs Snapdragon 480. The Snapdragon 730 was launched in April 2019 which makes it not so new and that is the reason why it does not have any 5G support. On the other side, Snapdragon 480 is just announced and will be powering smartphones from one of the most competitive segments, the budget segment.
Qualcomm announced in a press statement that the first smartphones with Snapdragon 480 onboard are expected to come in early 2021. Qualcomm is working with HMD Global, OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo to bring the new Snapdragon 480 on the devices. The talks are that Vivo Y31s and Motorola Ibiza could be the very first smartphones to come with Snapdragon 480.
Let us just take a look at their basic specifications side-by-side and see how well they compare:
|Snapdragon 480||Snapdragon 730|
2x Kryo 460 Gold (Cortex-A76) @2GHz
6x Kryo 460 Silver (Cortex-A55) @1.8GHz
2x Kryo 470 Gold (Cortex-A76) @2.2GHz
6x Kryo 470 Silver (Cortex-A55) @1.8GHz
|GPU||Adreno 619 (Full HD+@120Hz)||Adreno 618 (Quad HD+)|
|Modem||X51 5G/LTE DS= 2.5Gbps(5G) US= 600Mbps(5G) DS= 800Mbps US= 210Mbps||X15 LTE DS= 800Mbps US= 150Mbps|
|Memory||2133MHz LPDDR4X Dual-channel 16-bit(32-bit)||1866MHz LPDDR4X Dual-channel 16-bit(32-bit)|
Both processors do support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology. On the connectivity side of things, Snapdragon 480 comes with Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and Wi-Fi 6 ready. While Snapdragon 730 supports Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC. So just by looking at the very basic specifications, the Snapdragon 480 appears to be more advanced compared to Snapdragon 730 and the 5G support on Snapdragon 480 just makes it cherry on top.
Looking at the specifications themselves, the Snapdragon 480 seems to be a better processor and there are two main reasons for it.
The first is that it is just a better processor on the specs sheet compared to Snapdragon 730. The other reason is that it is also future proof. Whatever the current situation with 5G networks is, we all know that it will come and those who do not buy a smartphone very often would definitely want to buy a future-proof smartphone. Here Snapdragon 480 will provide the future-proof element with its 5G support, Bluetooth 5.1, 120Hz refresh rate support, and a lot of other stuff.
So that was all about Snapdragon 730 vs Snapdragon 480. The main thing now is to wait for the official benchmark scores (we will update the benchmark scores once we get our hands on the benchmark scores of Snapdragon 480), and some real-life performance of the processor and how well various OEMs will make use of the Snapdragon 480 on their budget smartphones. For anyone who is waiting for a 5G ready smartphone in the budget segment, just wait a little more and you might get a really good 5G smartphone.