Qualcomm has just launched the Snapdragon 690, a chip intended for mid-range smartphones. This is the first of its line to be 5G compatible, but also to be able to offer a 120 Hz display.
Earlier Qualcomm has launched 670 SoC aimed at mid-range smartphones however, this time there are more features and improved performance which could make the mid-range smartphones even better at performance just like premium devices. Qualcomm’s 680 processor was also seen on Geekbench for the expected release but it could not make it to the market and we came across only Snapdragon 675 processor. Now the company jumps to 690 SoC for better results.
Leader on the smartphone market, Qualcomm has just announced a brand new SoC, the Snapdragon 690. This chip aims to equip mid-range phones at the end of the year and is compatible for the first time in the history of series 6 with 5G (SA and NSA) thanks to the integration of the Snapdragon X51 modem.
Premium SoC For Midrange Phones
In addition to 5G, the Snapdragon 690 brings many qualities to mid-range devices, with the aim of reducing on paper at least the gap between the possibilities of high-end and mid-range. It is therefore the first System-on-Chip of its line to allow filming in 4K HDR, HDR10, offering sensors up to 192mp and offering a refresh rate of 120 Hz in Full HD+.
The architecture of the chip has also been improved, within particular Tensors cores (dedicated to artificial intelligence) 70% better than their predecessors. When we see the importance that computational imagery is taking on the quality of photos on our smartphones, this is very good news. We can, therefore, expect portrait and other night modes much more effective.
Improved Performance Of Midrangers
In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 690 also promises a significant boost with an Adreno 619L GPU 60% faster and an improved CPU by 20%. We find an architecture composed of eight cores: two Kryo Cortex-A77 for important calculations and 6 cores Kryo Cortex-A55 for energy saving, thus bringing the architecture closer to that of the Snapdragon 865 (4x A77 + 4x A55, with increased performance, however).
The memory part can mount up to 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM with a speed of 1866 MHz.
In addition, the Snapdragon 690 is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 (with WPA3 security) and with Quick Charge 4+. So many technologies that we should, therefore, see dripping from the premium market in the mid-range in the coming months.
Expected Release Second Half Of 2020 In $300 The first smartphones equipped with the Snapdragon 690 should arrive in the second half of this year with a starting price starting around 300 dollars. Several manufacturers are already mentioned: HMD Global (Nokia), LG, Motorola, Sharp, TCL, and Wingtech. Others will certainly be added to this list later.
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