Qualcomm today introduced its next chipset 5G, the Snapdragon 690, the first product of its chips from the 6 series to support the networking standard of new generation – although it may only support the versions sub-6GHz slower than the 5G, not the standard mmWave faster.
The new Snapdragon 690 also promises a variety of other improvements compared to the chips of the 6-series previous. Qualcomm said that it will offer CPU performance 20% higher and a graphical rendering 60% faster compared to the Snapdragon 675.
But the addition of the support of the 5G – by means of a new modem Snapdragon X51 – is particularly important for a wider adoption of the 5G, since the chips from the 6 series of the company tend to appear in the phones of mid-range and economic, such as those from Nokia of HMD, Motorola and LG. (The Moto G Fast and Moto E recently published, for example, use the chipsets Snapdragon 632 and Snapdragon 665, and they cost respectively $ 199 and $ 149 per.) Previously, the 5G was limited to chips of the 8-series of high-level Qualcomm (as the flagship Snapdragon 865) and the semi-premium Snapdragon 765 and 768G.
And even though it will still take time for phone manufacturers to start using the Snapdragon 690 (and, probably, even longer before you can buy a phone 5G which costs between $ 150 and $ 200), this is an exciting development that should help the technology. reach more customers than those who buy phones more expensive.
In addition to the 5G, there are a few other high-end features that are found for the first time in the 6 series. The Snapdragon 690 supports screens 120 Hz for the refresh rate faster, as well as capture 4K video HDR (both a first for the 6 series). The Snapdragon 690 will also allow for cameras up to 192 megapixels on devices from mid-range.
You can expect to see the first phones 5G powered by a Snapdragon 690 in Q2 2020, with HMD, LG, Motorola, Sharp and TCL are among the companies that plan to release devices with the new chipset.