Qualcomm has just announced its Snapdragon 690 5G mobile platform making it the first SoC in the series to support 5G. The new chipset features the Snapdragon X51 5G modem and Qualcomm’s fifth-generation AI engine. In addition to that, it also supports a wide range of new multimedia capabilities such as 4K HDR video capture, up to 120Hz refresh rate displays, and improved CPU and GPU performance as compared to its predecessor, Snapdragon 675 SoC.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G SoC
The all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G SoC is built on Samsung’s 8nm fabrication process and features eight Kryo 560 CPU cores and an Adreno 619L GPU. As per the details revealed by the chipmaker, the CPU cores on SD 690 SoC are split into two main Cortex-A77 cores running up to 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 companion cores running at up to 1.7GHz.
As mentioned by the company, the SD 690 will offer up to 20 percent better CPU and up to 60 percent faster graphics performance than SD 675. The chipmaker has added Snapdragon X51 integrated modem that supports up to 2.5GB/s download and up to 660Mbps upload speeds over 5G networks. The modem comes with support for various 5G technologies such as standalone (SA), non-standalone (NSA) modes, the sub-6GHz bands, TDD, FDD, and dynamic spectrum sharing.
As mentioned above, SD 690 has the ability to record in HDR10 format and support for much faster refresh rate displays. In this way, it will boost the multimedia performance of the device. There’s also support for Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6200 system that brings Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and 2×2 MU-MIMO configurations. The chipset can be integrated with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and supports India’s NavIC satellite navigation system, among others.
As of now, this chipset will power affordable 5G Android devices and is likely to be coming with devices in the second half of this year. The first batch of OEM partners that will offer the Snapdragon 690 5G will be HMD Global, LG Electronics, Motorola, Sharp, TCL, and Wingtech.
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