22 May 2020
Qualcomm has unveiled Snapdragon 690 as its newest chipset meant to bring 5G to affordable devices. It is the first 5G processor in the Snapdragon 600-series and follows processors released under 700- and 800- series. The major difference between these 5G chipsets is that the newest one supports only the sub-6GHz 5G band and not the widely used mmWave band.
The Snapdragon 690 is an 8nm octa-core processor with Kryo 560 cores clocked up to 2.0 GHz. It features Adreno 619L GPU for handling graphics-intensive tasks including games. It is compatible with up to Full HD+ display panels and a 120Hz refresh rate. There is also complete support for HDR10 and HDR10+ standards.
In the photography department, it is packed with Spectra 335L Image Signal Processor (ISP). This will allow it to capture still shots up to 192-megapixels and support up to 32-megapixel and 16-megapixel dual cameras. It can shoot 4K HDR videos with Portrait mode and Slow-Mo videos at 720p resolution. The RAM support is listed to be up to 8GB (LPDDR4x).
Other supported technologies include fingerprint scanning, Iris scanning, voice recognition, facial recognition, Quick Charge 4+ fast charging, NFC, and WiFi 6. Qualcomm says that a number of OEMs have already agreed to use Snapdragon 690 in their future products. Some of these are HMD Global (Nokia), Motorola, LG, TCL, Sharp, and Wingtech. As for when can we see the devices featuring the new chipset, Qualcomm has set a timeline for Q2 2020 which is currently underway.