Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 8nm 5G Mobile Platform announced as the first 6-series Snapdragon mobile chipset with support for next-generation networking standard, 5G networks and it is not the faster mmWave standard but the slower sub-6GHz versions of 5G.

The company intentionally removing the mmWave support for the Snapdragon 690, clearly explains the fact that it will remain exclusively for higher-end 7-series such as Snapdragon 865, and 8-series 5G chipsets like the Snapdragon 765G.

It comes with so many firsts in the series, supports 4K HDR (true 10-bit) to capture over a billion shades of color and snapshots at up to 192 Megapixels. The Snapdragon 690 SoC is the successor to the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform.

Where the company claimed that the new chipset offers 20% better Qualcomm Kryo 560 CPU performance and 60% faster Adreno 619L GPU graphics rendering compared to the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform.

The new Snapdragon 690 chipset also supports 120hz displays at up to FHD+ resolution, and the latest 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine. The Snapdragon 690 is built on the 8nm process and supports Quick Charge 4+.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 690

It includes the Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System for 5G coverage, which places it in the mid-range and budgeted market. The chipset is part of Qualcomm’s intention to make 5G “more affordable for consumers worldwide”.

The following phone companies are looking forward to integrating the Snapdragon 690 8nm 5G Mobile Platform on their upcoming Smartphones: HMD, LG, Motorola, Sharp, TCL, and Wingtech. It comes with support for Wi-Fi 6 and integrated Bluetooth 5.1 with advanced audio via the Qualcomm FastConnect 6200.

Other features include support for Dual-Frequency (L1 and L5) GNSS to improve location positioning accuracy and robustness, support Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, USB 3.1, USB-C, dual-frequency support.

However, the chipset maker said we can start seeing Smartphones powered by this chipset from starting in the second half of this year. Qualcomm also added that there will be more than 1,800 devices either announced and in development in the 6-series.

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