Qualcomm launches new processor to bring 5G to affordable phones

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has launched a new processor — Snapdragon 690 — that offers 5G connectivity support. The latest chipset is the first 5G mobile platform in the Qualcomm 600 series. The company aims to make 5G user experience widely available with this chipset.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 690

processor houses the Qualcomm Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System that is said to bring multi-gigabit speeds and wider 5G coverage to the 6-series for the first time. The chipset also is the first in the 600 Series to offer 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine and the Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator that enable it to the smart camera and video, voice translation, advanced AI-based imaging, and AI-enhanced gaming experiences.
Also, the latest SoC from Qualcomm is based on an 8nm process and features a Qualcomm Kryo 560 CPU that is said to deliver up to 20% performance improvement compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform.
In terms of specs, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC includes 4K HDR (true 10-bit) support for video recording — another first for the Snapdragon 600 series. It can support up to 120Hz refresh rate for the FHD+ display and 60Hz on a QHD display. For imaging duties, the chipset can support up to 192MP sensor for imaging duties, dual cameras of up to 16MP, the single camera of 32MP.
In a press statement, the company revealed that various smartphone OEMs including HMD Global, LG Electronics, Motorola, SHARP, TCL, and Wingtech are expected to announce smartphones that will be powered by this chipset. The company also said that devices that will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 are expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2020 and a total of over 1,800 devices are expected to be running on Snapdragon 600 series.

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