Qualcomm launches new 5G-ready Snapdragon 690 processor for budget phones
Qualcomm announced its new mobile processor, Snapdragon 690, which will bring 5G phones to cot cheaper. The Snapdragon 690 is the first Qualcomm 600-series chip to support 5G out-of-the-box. Qualcomm has claimed that Snapdragon 690 processor will help to make 5G accessible to many more users than ever before due to its lesser cost.
The chipset has a Qualcomm’s fifth-generation AI engine and it brings support for new features such as 4K HDR video capture, which will the first on a budget phone. Qualcomm promises an increase in CPU and GPU performance also.
Qualcomm will further offer support for screens with a refresh rate displays of 120Hz on budget phones with the ability to record in HDR 10 format. The Snapdragon 690 processor will also bring multi giga speed and advanced 5G coverage to the Series 6 platform for the first time. The new Snapdragon 690 processor is built on an 8nm fabrication process and has eight Kryo 560 CPU cores, two of which are Cortex A77 performance cores that clock at 2GHz, whereas the other six Cortex-A55 cores that clock at 1.7GHz.
The new Snapdragon 690 also offers a variety of other improvements over the previous 6-series chips. As per the company, Qualcomm will offer 20 percent better CPU performance and 60 percent faster graphics rendering in comparison to the predecessor Snapdragon 675. The company promises that videos will have more variety of colors providing a better dynamic range for the users. The camera of the phone with Snapdragon 690 processor will also able to capture 192MP still images.
Despite that fact that there is still some time for the phone making companies to start using the Snapdragon 690 processor, it surely is going to be an exciting development for the mobile industry. Qualcomm will help the technology reach more customers at a cheaper price. Now on this technology will even be handy for users with small pockets and will not remain just remain with the ones buying the most expensive devices.
In regards to connectivity features, the chipset also supports Wi-Fi 6 via Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6200 system, Bluetooth 5.1, and 2×2 MU-MIMO configurations.
Deepu John, Senior Director, Product Management at Qualcomm, said, “Snapdragon 690 will make 5G devices more affordable. We stand in a customer’s shoes and ask some fundamental issues like who is the target market, how much will the device cost and what are the key features and then we waterfall these features from the higher tiers into the lower tiers, so that we can cover all the segments and meet our consumer needs.”
Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm added, “With over 375 5G designs launched or by using Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G solutions, we are driving the proliferation of 5G across multiple tiers to make the next generation of camera, artificial intelligence, and gaming experiences more broadly available. Driving the expansion of 5G into the Snapdragon 6-series has the potential to make 5G accessible to more than 2 billion smartphone users around the world.”
Several companies have already announced the launch of smartphones with the Snapdragon 690 processor. These companies include Nokia, Motorola, TCL, Sharp, and LG Electronics.