Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G SoC announced, will bring 5G connectivity to affordable smartphones

Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of processors for smartphones, has launched a new chipset in its Snapdragon 600 series, which is 5G compatible and will bring the 5th generation connectivity to affordable smartphones.

The new Snapdragon 690 5G SoC is the successor to the Snapdragon 675 chip and is said to offer up to 20 percent better CPU and up to 60 percent faster graphics performance over its predecessor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G is built on Samsung’s 8nm fabrication process and comes with eight Kryo 560 CPU cores, including two main Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 normal cores running up to 1.7GHz. The SoC features Adreno 619L GPU, which will elevate gaming performance further enabled by 5G.

The latest chip has X51 integrated modem ensuring up to 2.5GB/s download and up to 660Mbps upload speed over 5G networks. The new chip supports various 5G technologies such as standalone (SA), non-standalone (NSA) modes, the sub-6GHz bands, TDD, FDD, and dynamic spectrum sharing.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G SoC can support up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM, HDR10, as well as 120Hz refresh rates.  

Amongst the connectivity options, the Snapdragon 690 5G SoC also supports Wi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.1, and 2×2 MU-MIMO configuration. There is also support for ISSRO’s NavIC satellite navigation system.

The smartphones running the new chipset are expected to arrive in the market in the second half of this year. Qualcomm says such smartphones will come in the range of $300 (Approx. INR23,000) to $500 (Approx. INR38,000).

Early adopters of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G SoC will include HMD Global, LG Electronics, Motorola, Sharp, TCL, etc. However, soon we could see smartphones rocking the new chip from other manufacturers as well.

All said and done, the consumers in India won’t be getting the benefits of the 5G network with this chipset since the 5G spectrum is still not available for the public here.

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