Qualcomm currently has two non-flagship chipsets that are used in less expensive smartphones. The Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 768G are the only two 700 series SoCs to offer integrated 5G, but Qualcomm is expanding its portfolio by bringing high-end features to the Snapdragon 690. Not only does the Snapdragon 690 bring 5G support to the table, but it will give customers more options down the road in which they won’t have to buy a high-end smartphone that costs both an arm and a leg.
Snapdragon 690 is manufactured using the 8nm process; Custom Kryo 560 processor delivers up to 20% performance improvement over previous generation SoC
Manufactured on the 8nm node, Qualcomm’s custom Kryo 560 processor, which syncs up to 2.0 GHz, is said to be up to 20% faster than the Snapdragon 675, while the Adreno 619L GPU offers up to 60%. increase in graphics performance. A small game changer is that the built-in Snapdragon X51 5G modem, which apparently does not support mmWave bands, can achieve maximum download speeds of 2.5 Gbps and maximum upload speeds of 660 Mbps.
The Snapdragon 690 also supports 4K HDR, while giving manufacturers the flexibility to build in high refresh rates of 120Hz on the most affordable smartphones, as long as the resolution is 1080p or less. Silicon can also support 192MP cameras just like the Snapdragon 765, while also being compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology. Phone makers will also have the option to add up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM running at 1866MHz, but it’s 2020 and we think that would have been a better approach had LPDDR5 support been added as well.
In short, the Snapdragon 690 won’t win any “fastest chipset” award, nor will it beat the Snapdragon 765 in any benchmarks. Thankfully, Qualcomm’s announcement wasn’t aimed at the Snapdragon 690 to do some sort of push-pull. Instead, the unveiling is a gateway for manufacturers and customers to access cheaper smartphones while also being able to enjoy high-end features normally found in flagship devices.
What do you think of the Snapdragon 690? Do you think Qualcomm will be able to take part of the market away from its competitors? Let us know in the comments.
News source: Qualcomm