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Google Officially Owns Fitbit: What That Means For You

Google took to The Keyword to announce that its acquisition of Fitbit is complete. This means that Google owns all of Fitbit's devices and all of the data those devices have on Fitbit users.

What Does the Acquisition Mean for You?

The deal has been in the works for over a year now, so hopefully, anyone who purchased a Fitbit in the last year knew they were going to be under Google's wing.

Obviously, the primary concern for Fitbit users is that Google will now have access to all of their personal data. Google claims that "this deal has always been about devices, not data," which is slightly reassuring.

In the announcement, Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Devices & Services, said that "a series of binding commitments that confirm Fitbit users’ health and wellness data won't be used for Google ads and this data will be separated from other Google ads data."

Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park also used the same wording in a statement on Fitbit.com, so at least it seems that both companies have good intentions. He also said that "many of the things you know and love about Fitbit will remain the same." The key part of that statement is "many," though, as there are bound to be some changes.

To put it simply, nothing should change for you as a Fitbit user. Google claiming it won't use your data is one thing, but the fact that it has the aforementioned binding commitments makes us feel a little more confident. You should be able to keep using your devices as normal.

What could change is the hardware from Fitbit. The company already started implementing Google Assistant into Fitbit devices, and we'd expect to see more synergy between the companies in the future.

Are There Any Issues?

While Google may have announced that the acquisition is complete, Android Police received a statement from the DOJ that reads as follows:

"The Antitrust Division’s investigation of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit remains ongoing. Although the Division has not reached a final decision about whether to pursue an enforcement action, the Division continues to investigate whether Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may harm competition and consumers in the United States. The Division remains committed to conducting this review as thoroughly, efficiently, and expeditiously as possible."

Essentially, it sounds like the government has some final checks to complete before the deal is really official.

However, Google issued a statement to Android Authority, and the company felt the deal was far enough along to make the announcement:

We complied with the DOJ’s extensive review for the past 14 months, and the agreed upon waiting period expired without their objection. We continue to be in touch with them and we’re committed to answering any additional questions. We are confident this deal will increase competition in the highly crowded wearables market, and we’ve made commitments that we plan to implement globally.

At this point, it's safe to say that Google is going to have Fitbit as part of its collection of companies, albeit with some hurdles.

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Google Officially Owns Fitbit: What That Means For You

Google took to The Keyword to announce that its acquisition of Fitbit is complete. This means that Google owns all of Fitbit's devices and all of the data those devices have on Fitbit users.

What Does the Acquisition Mean for You?

The deal has been in the works for over a year now, so hopefully, anyone who purchased a Fitbit in the last year knew they were going to be under Google's wing.

Obviously, the primary concern for Fitbit users is that Google will now have access to all of their personal data. Google claims that "this deal has always been about devices, not data," which is slightly reassuring.

In the announcement, Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Devices & Services, said that "a series of binding commitments that confirm Fitbit users’ health and wellness data won't be used for Google ads and this data will be separated from other Google ads data."

Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park also used the same wording in a statement on Fitbit.com, so at least it seems that both companies have good intentions. He also said that "many of the things you know and love about Fitbit will remain the same." The key part of that statement is "many," though, as there are bound to be some changes.

To put it simply, nothing should change for you as a Fitbit user. Google claiming it won't use your data is one thing, but the fact that it has the aforementioned binding commitments makes us feel a little more confident. You should be able to keep using your devices as normal.

What could change is the hardware from Fitbit. The company already started implementing Google Assistant into Fitbit devices, and we'd expect to see more synergy between the companies in the future.

Are There Any Issues?

While Google may have announced that the acquisition is complete, Android Police received a statement from the DOJ that reads as follows:

"The Antitrust Division’s investigation of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit remains ongoing. Although the Division has not reached a final decision about whether to pursue an enforcement action, the Division continues to investigate whether Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may harm competition and consumers in the United States. The Division remains committed to conducting this review as thoroughly, efficiently, and expeditiously as possible."

Essentially, it sounds like the government has some final checks to complete before the deal is really official.

However, Google issued a statement to Android Authority, and the company felt the deal was far enough along to make the announcement:

We complied with the DOJ’s extensive review for the past 14 months, and the agreed upon waiting period expired without their objection. We continue to be in touch with them and we’re committed to answering any additional questions. We are confident this deal will increase competition in the highly crowded wearables market, and we’ve made commitments that we plan to implement globally.

At this point, it's safe to say that Google is going to have Fitbit as part of its collection of companies, albeit with some hurdles.

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Samsung Finally Announces the Galaxy S21 Series of Phones

To say Samsung has done a poor job of keeping the wraps on the Galaxy S21 is an understatement. Just about every detail leaked before the company actually announced the phones at the Galaxy Unpacked event.

Now that the event has officially happened, we've learned everything about the Samsung Galaxy S21 series of smartphones. As expected, Samsung has revealed three different models: the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+

Samsung kicked things off by calling the phones a giant leap forward, and based on the details, the company isn't exaggerating.

As you might expect, both Galaxy S21 phones feature 5G connectivity across all major spectrums. That's pretty standard for flagship phones in 2021, but it's the rest of the phone that really stands out.

The phone's look is definitely different, as the camera module is blended with the front of the screen, creating a contrasting look on the phone's back. Rather than glass or plastic, the front of the phone and camera area is metal, which creates an enticing style.

The Galaxy S21 comes in Phantom Violet, Phantom Grey, Phantom Pink, and Phantom White. The larger Galaxy S21+ comes in Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Grey.

Samsung announced that its Galaxy S21 phones would feature an adaptive refresh rate that'll go from 48Hz to 120Hz, depending on what you're doing. As higher refresh rates use more battery life, the phone can scale back when speed isn't needed, thus saving battery.

The screen on the Galaxy S21 is 6.2 inches, while the Galaxy S21+ features a 6.7-inch display. Both devices will feature FHD+ resolutions for the screens.

For durability, Samsung uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus, allowing the screen to take some hits without breaking.

Read More: New Gorilla Glass Victus Can Survive a Two-Meter Drop

Samsung spent lots of time talking about the Galaxy S21 devices' cameras, which isn't a surprise, as they're doing a lot to push smartphone photography forward. The phones feature a 12MP main lens, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 64MP telephoto shooter. There's also a 10MP selfie camera on the front.

Samsung is including 8K video capture with the new phones, which means not only can you capture insanely high-resolution video, but you can quickly convert any frame from a video into a good-looking photo.

There's even a new feature called Single Take, which uses AI to take many photos and clips from a section you record. There's also a cool mode called Director's thumbnail, which lets you see the shots from all three cameras at once.

As we have previously covered, Samsung includes chips with the 5nm manufacturing process to the phones. In the US, buyers will get the Snapdragon 888 chipset, and in the UK and other regions, the Galaxy S21 will get the Exynos 2100 chip. They're both powerful, and the features offered by each chip is more or less unchanged.

Read More: Samsung Unveils the Exynos 2100 Chipset

As rumored, Samsung isn't including chargers in the boxes for its S21 series of phones. However, the company claimed that it's reducing chargers' prices for people who want to buy them.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung rounded out the event by announcing the Galaxy S21 Ultra, its answer to the iPhone 12 Pro. It comes with all the features included in the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+, while adding substantial improvements to the camera and other phone parts.

The Ultra comes with a 108MP main lens with optical image stabilization, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and 3X and 10X zoom telephoto lenses.

Samsung had to get pretty creative to get a 10X optical zoom into the phone without making it too bulky, but the company got it done. The S21 Ultra also features zoom into 100X with AI to clean up those zoomed photos.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also uses its laser autofocus sensor to detect when an object is close and automatically switches to the ultra-wide camera to get macro images.

Samsung included a monstrous screen with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It comes with a 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED that features 20 percent more brightness than its predecessor and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that goes as low as 10Hz.

There will be two S Pen models available with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The traditional S Pen is set to launch with the phone, while the S Pen Pro will launch later in 2021.

Related: Essential S Pen Features for Galaxy Note 9 Owners

Samsung is releasing the Galaxy S21 in a Phantom Black color that looks quite subdued and attractive. It has a matte finish, which Samsung really played up during the event. But let's be real, it's matte black and not something that reinvents the phone.

When Will the Samsung Galaxy S21 Be Available to Buy?

Samsung announced that the Galaxy S21 family of devices would launch on January 29. As for pricing, the Galaxy S21 will start at $799.99, the S21+ will go for $999.99, and the S21 Ultra will retail for a whopping $1,199.99.

You can pre-order any of the three S21 models right now from Samsung.com

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Samsung Finally Announces the Galaxy S21 Series of Phones

To say Samsung has done a poor job of keeping the wraps on the Galaxy S21 is an understatement. Just about every detail leaked before the company actually announced the phones at the Galaxy Unpacked event.

Now that the event has officially happened, we've learned everything about the Samsung Galaxy S21 series of smartphones. As expected, Samsung has revealed three different models: the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+

Samsung kicked things off by calling the phones a giant leap forward, and based on the details, the company isn't exaggerating.

As you might expect, both Galaxy S21 phones feature 5G connectivity across all major spectrums. That's pretty standard for flagship phones in 2021, but it's the rest of the phone that really stands out.

The phone's look is definitely different, as the camera module is blended with the front of the screen, creating a contrasting look on the phone's back. Rather than glass or plastic, the front of the phone and camera area is metal, which creates an enticing style.

The Galaxy S21 comes in Phantom Violet, Phantom Grey, Phantom Pink, and Phantom White. The larger Galaxy S21+ comes in Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Grey.

Samsung announced that its Galaxy S21 phones would feature an adaptive refresh rate that'll go from 48Hz to 120Hz, depending on what you're doing. As higher refresh rates use more battery life, the phone can scale back when speed isn't needed, thus saving battery.

The screen on the Galaxy S21 is 6.2 inches, while the Galaxy S21+ features a 6.7-inch display. Both devices will feature FHD+ resolutions for the screens.

For durability, Samsung uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus, allowing the screen to take some hits without breaking.

Read More: New Gorilla Glass Victus Can Survive a Two-Meter Drop

Samsung spent lots of time talking about the Galaxy S21 devices' cameras, which isn't a surprise, as they're doing a lot to push smartphone photography forward. The phones feature a 12MP main lens, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 64MP telephoto shooter. There's also a 10MP selfie camera on the front.

Samsung is including 8K video capture with the new phones, which means not only can you capture insanely high-resolution video, but you can quickly convert any frame from a video into a good-looking photo.

There's even a new feature called Single Take, which uses AI to take many photos and clips from a section you record. There's also a cool mode called Director's thumbnail, which lets you see the shots from all three cameras at once.

As we have previously covered, Samsung includes chips with the 5nm manufacturing process to the phones. In the US, buyers will get the Snapdragon 888 chipset, and in the UK and other regions, the Galaxy S21 will get the Exynos 2100 chip. They're both powerful, and the features offered by each chip is more or less unchanged.

Read More: Samsung Unveils the Exynos 2100 Chipset

As rumored, Samsung isn't including chargers in the boxes for its S21 series of phones. However, the company claimed that it's reducing chargers' prices for people who want to buy them.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung rounded out the event by announcing the Galaxy S21 Ultra, its answer to the iPhone 12 Pro. It comes with all the features included in the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+, while adding substantial improvements to the camera and other phone parts.

The Ultra comes with a 108MP main lens with optical image stabilization, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and 3X and 10X zoom telephoto lenses.

Samsung had to get pretty creative to get a 10X optical zoom into the phone without making it too bulky, but the company got it done. The S21 Ultra also features zoom into 100X with AI to clean up those zoomed photos.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also uses its laser autofocus sensor to detect when an object is close and automatically switches to the ultra-wide camera to get macro images.

Samsung included a monstrous screen with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It comes with a 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED that features 20 percent more brightness than its predecessor and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that goes as low as 10Hz.

There will be two S Pen models available with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The traditional S Pen is set to launch with the phone, while the S Pen Pro will launch later in 2021.

Related: Essential S Pen Features for Galaxy Note 9 Owners

Samsung is releasing the Galaxy S21 in a Phantom Black color that looks quite subdued and attractive. It has a matte finish, which Samsung really played up during the event. But let's be real, it's matte black and not something that reinvents the phone.

When Will the Samsung Galaxy S21 Be Available to Buy?

Samsung announced that the Galaxy S21 family of devices would launch on January 29. As for pricing, the Galaxy S21 will start at $799.99, the S21+ will go for $999.99, and the S21 Ultra will retail for a whopping $1,199.99.

You can pre-order any of the three S21 models right now from Samsung.com

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Images Leak Ahead of Announcement

Samsung has done a horrible job keeping the Galaxy S21 series of devices hidden. We've seen leaked renders, specs, and just about everything else about the phone.

Now, with only hours to go before Samsung is scheduled to announce the phones, a Twitter user named We_The_Techie (as first discovered by Android Authority) shared a slew of images showing all three devices in all their wonderful glory.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Images Leak

The Tweet left nothing about the Galaxy S21 devices to the imagination. There's not much new information about the phones displayed here, but it's nice to see what the phones will look like.

The first thing we noticed is the look of the camera module. It's a bit more recessed than previous Galaxy S Series phones, which creates a rather attractive look. The different color offered on the camera area of the purple phone is also lovely.

You also can't help but notice how thick the phone is in the photos. It looks like a beefy device, that's for sure.

You can make your own decisions about the phone's look based on the images, but we're excited to see the final reveal when it goes down.

The Galaxy S21 Will Be Here Soon!

You can still lock in a reservation for the Galaxy S21 so you can be one of the first to preorder, though you'll need to jump on that soon. If you do, Samsung will give you $50 to spend on accessories for your new phone.

Image Credit: We_The_Techie/Twitter

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Samsung Unveils the Exynos 2100 Chipset To Compete With Qualcomm

For the last couple of months, everyone has talked about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor as the next flagship powerhouse. Not one to be left behind, Samsung has unveiled its new Exynos 2100 chipset on Samsung.com, which will compete with Qualcomm's flagship offering.

What Does the Exynos 2100 Bring to the Table?

Samsung is using the 5nm EUV manufacturing process to create its new Exynos 2100 chip. With that more recent process, Samsung can generate substantial performance and power efficiency gains over the Exynos 990 chip.

The chip will come with a 5G modem, a first for a Samsung chip from the Exynos line. It'll support sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums from 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, and 4G LTE, which means it'll connect to just about every form of cellular network under the sun.

The chip will be the first from the company to adopt ARM’s brand new Cortex-X1 as its primary core, which features up to 2.9GHz of beastly power. It also features three Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores, which promises to bring lots of multicore improvements over the previous generation of Samsung's chip.

While the chip is quite a bit more powerful than the Exynos 990 chip, Samsung says it will feature 20 percent lower power consumption than the previous generation processor. That means that you won't need to trade battery life for power.

For graphics, Samsung says the power has been bumped by 40 percent thanks to the Mali-G78 GPU and Vulkan and OpenCL APIs.

The powerful chip can support camera sensors up to 200-megapixels, which is undoubtedly future-proofing this chip for future generations of smartphones. Additionally, it'll support a multi-camera experience with up to four sensors processing concurrently.

Samsung's Exynos 2100 chip will also support up to 4K resolution at 120FPS, which means you can get super slow motion shots at a high resolution. It'll even have enough power to record 8K video at 60FPS.

What Phones Are Getting the Exynos 2100 Chipset?

Samsung is already producing the Exynos 2100 chips, so they should be ready for primetime very soon. We'd expect the Samsung Galaxy S21 to include the Exynos 2100 chip in regions where Samsung doesn't have a partnership with Snapdragon.

It'll be interesting to see if the company can finally close the performance gap in real-world applications. The Galaxy S21 is set to be announced soon, so we'll find out what kind of real-world performance the Exynos 2100 can put out. Will the Snapdragon 888 or the Exynos 2100 sit atop the flagship processor mountain? We'll know soon.

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LG Officially Teases Rollable Phone at CES 2021

LG had a busy press conference at CES 2021. The company announced all sorts of new gadgets and goodies, but what really caught our attention was a tease of the company's upcoming rollable smartphone.

LG Rollable Smartphone at CES 2021

Unfortunately, LG didn't tell us much about the upcoming rollable smartphone. Instead, the company teased the device during its big keynote at CES 2021. However, as rollable phones are such a new technology, even a short tease is enough to make us excited.

The LG rollable phone looks like a typical smartphone when in its closed state. However, additional screen space rolls out of the device, making it function more like a tablet than a phone.

Foldable phones are still pretty new, and they're still exciting. However, LG's rollable makes us forget about those foldable devices, as rollable phones look even more impressive.

LG has shown a willingness to push the envelope with its smartphones lately. The LG Wing smartphone completely throws traditional design out the window in favor of dual screens that rotate like wings.

When Will We Learn More about LG's Rollable?

Unfortunately, we don't know when LG will reveal more information about its rollable smartphone. The company wanted us to notice the new technology by featuring it prominently at the end of its CES conference, so hopefully, the company will reveal more soon.

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Sony’s New Bravia XR TVs Will Feature Google TV Built-In

The Chromecast with Google TV is making waves in the streaming dongle space. It's not the hardware that's getting everyone excited, though. Google TV OS is making waves, and Sony is jumping on the Google TV train by adding the OS directly to its upcoming televisions.

Sony's New TVs With Google TV

Sony announced its new Bravia XR TVs on its website, and they look rather promising. Quite a few different models are coming from the technology giant. You can choose from the MASTER Series Z9J 8K LED, MASTER Series A90J, MASTER Series A80J OLED, X95J LED, and X90J 4K LED.

With so many different models, Sony looks to be hitting a bunch of different markets. There are the top-of-the-line 8K screens that'll display picture quality so good that you'll have a hard time finding content for, the mid-range 4K OLED displays, and the cheaper 4K LEDs.

We won't go into each TV's specifics, but there are some key features they do share. First, they all support 4K at 120fps, which is the video world's current hotness. Along with that, Sony is set to offer some cool AI features that will automatically adjust color, contrast, detail, and sound to produce an optimal experience.

They also feature the newer HDMI 2.1 technology, versatile Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode, and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC).

While those are all excellent features to have, it's the Google TV operating system that has us the most excited. I recently reviewed the Chromecast with Google TV, and I still use it as my primary streaming device. It's a well-made operating system that should serve these Sony TVs incredibly well as they enter the competitive TV market.

With smart TV operating systems lacking in many models, getting Google TV should help put these ahead of the game.

When Can You Buy One of These TVs?

Sadly, Sony didn't announce pricing information for these TVs yet. The company plans to announce the prices of the displays in spring 2021. I don't even want to speculate, but we'd undoubtedly expect those 8K models to push the limits of what a TV can sell for.

Sadly, the availability will also be announced in Spring 2021, so we'll need to wait until then to find out when we can buy one of these. Ideally, Sony will put them on sale shortly after it announces the availability so we can get our hands (and eyes) on these exciting displays.

While we don't know when they'll come out, we know that each model is available in all different sizes, so there will be one that'll work with everyone's room.

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Samsung Reveals Galaxy Chromebook 2 With Reasonable Price Tag

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook was always an excellent device, but it's $999 price tag was enough to scare away many people. Paying that much for a Chromebook didn't feel right to a lot of potential computer buyers.

Samsung took to Samsung.com to rectify the situation with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 and its surprising $549 starting price.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Specs

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Chromebook 2 in a couple of different configurations, with the cheapest one featuring an Intel Celeron 5205U processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space.

Obviously, Samsung had to cut some specs to reach such a low price, and these are right about where we'd expect the Chromebook to be for the price.

However, if you're willing to spend $699, you'll end up getting the Galaxy Chromebook 2 with an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. For $699, the specs are decent, but they're not exactly enough to blow you away. Those are closer to the specs offered in the previous model but at a much lower price.

Outside of the core specifications, the laptop is quite impressive. It features a 13.3-inch QLED display with a 1920X1080 resolution (last year's model featured a 4K OLED display). It supports an active stylus with the USI Pen, but Samsung doesn't include one in the box.

The 2-in-1 laptop tips the scales at a shockingly-light 2.71 pounds. If portability is a significant concern for you, this Chromebook from Samsung is a great option. It's 12 inches wide, eight inches tall, and an incredibly thin 0.54 inches deep.

Other notable features include a microSD slot, two USB-C ports, a 720p webcam, Wi-Fi 6 support, a backlit keyboard, and a decent 45.5Wh battery.

While it's probably obvious, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 comes with Chrome OS installed out-of-the-box. It also supports a variety of Google Play apps, which significantly expands the functionality of the device. As it's a Samsung device, it also comes with support for the Galaxy ecosystem.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Availablity

The new Chromebook from Samsung is set to launch in the first quarter of 2021, though Samsung didn't divulge a specific date. Hopefully, it comes out soon because it's a rather nice-looking laptop that we'd love to try out.

If you're into vibrant laptops, Samsung offers the Galaxy Chromebook 2 in a bright Fiesta Red color. Vibrant is an understatement, as this color is extremely bright. The company is also offering the Chromebook is a more subdued Mercury Gray, which will work better for people who prefer to keep things subtle.

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Qualcomm Shows Off Affordable Snapdragon 480 5G Chip

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series doesn't typically offer 5G, but that's changing with the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480.

While mid-range and high-end phones are getting 5G at an impressive rate, lower-end phones have been left out in the cold. That will change with this chip, as affordable phone makers will be able to use the Snapdragon 480 to provide 5G data speeds at a budget-friendly price.

What Do We Know About the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480?

The chip will feature an eight-core 2GHz Kryo 460 processor. Four of the cores are based on Arm’s Cortex-A76 architecture and four on the Cortex-A55.

For video and gaming performance, Qualcomm included Adreno 619 graphics tech and the newer 8-nanometer manufacturing process.

Compared to the Snapdragon 460 from last year, these cores should significantly boost speed and performance. In fact, Qualcomm claims that the chip will see a 100 percent boost in CPU and GPU performance over the previous generation.

For AI, which is becoming more and more critical for smartphones, Qualcomm claims a 70 percent jump from last year's popular budget chip.

According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 480 will support both millimeter-wave and sub-6GHz frequencies thanks to its X51 modem. It's not as powerful as the X60 modem that comes with the Snapdragon 888, but that's expected with the lower-priced devices Qualcomm is targeting with the 480.

Outside of the two primary 5G frequencies, the Snapdragon 480 supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, so it's prepared for the latest version of those short-range wireless technologies.

There are other improvements that this chip brings, which will further blur the line between budget smartphones and high-end devices. For example, it has improved image processing, support for blazing 120FPS on FHD+ displays, and support for Quick Charge 4.

This isn't the first budget-friendly 5G chip, as MediaTek has some up and running. However, in the US, devices with Snapdragon chips are more popular, so this chip could help expand 5G popularity across the country.

When Will Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Phones Launch?

Qualcomm expects the first phones toting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 to launch in early 2021, so we won't have to wait long to try it out.

As for which companies will use the phone, popular companies like Nokia, Oppo, and Vivo have all committed to making devices with the Snapdragon 480 under-the-hood. We'd also expect plenty of other device manufacturers to hop on the 480 train.

We don't know any specific devices, but if they're set to launch early this year, we'd presume to hear something specific soon.

If you've wanted to try 5G but want a more affordable phone, you shouldn't have to wait much longer.