Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 690 brings affordable 5G chipset
Qualcomm unveils a new iteration to its Snapdragon 675 chipset, the Snapdragon 690 bringing in 5G networks and HDR video recording support. Built upon the 8nm architecture, the Snapdragon 690 enables 4K video recording at 30 fps. It’s the latest Qualcomm contribution to making affordable 5G for the consumers across the globe. Companies including HMD, LG, Sharp, Motorola, TCL, and Wingtech could be the first ones to use the chipset.
The new Snapdragon 690 chipset is paired with the X51 modem and supports SA, NSA, and global 5G bands sub-6GHz but misses out on the mmWave support. It gets 20% faster CPU speeds and 60% faster graphics performance in contrast to its predecessor. Also, it brings forth an improved video encoding that can enhance particular video slices thereby improving the overall quality even in low-bandwidths.
Devices using the chipset could achieve higher refresh rates up to 120Hz with FHD+ resolution alongside Quick Charge 4+. It even comes with the Wi-Fi 6 support on FastConnect 6200 system.
The Snapdragon 690 bundles up ARCSOFT, which is the fifth-gen AI engine leveraging its Hexagon Tensor Accelerator (HTA). Basically, HTA is what levels up and polishes the real-time Snapchat filters. And ARCSOFT brings seamless transitions while zooming between wide, ultrawide, and telephoto camera sensors.
Qualcomm is hoping devices carrying Snapdragon 690 chipsets to arrive as of Q3 2020. It expects to see future 5G powered device to get even cheaper. We’ll see what the future holds for the 5G devices and if they are as fast as theoretically predicted.