Qualcomm is launching its next 5G chipset today, the Snapdragon 690, the first product in its 6-series chips to get support for the next-generation networking standard — although it’ll only support the slower sub-6GHz versions of 5G, not the faster mmWave standard.
The new support of 5G , is a new Snapdragon X51 modem and is particularly important for the broader adoption of 5G, given that the company’s 6-series chips tend to show up in midrange and budget phones, and the semi-premium Snapdragon 765 and 768G.
In addition to 5G, there are a few other high-end features that are trickling down to the 6-series for the first time. The Snapdragon 690 will support 120Hz displays for faster refresh rates, along with 4K HDR video capture (both a first for the 6-series). The Snapdragon 690 will also enable up to 192-megapixel cameras on midtier devices.
Qualcomm claims that CPU offers 20% performance improvement while its new GPU gives 60% fast graphics rendering when compared to Snapdragon 675 SoC.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G SoC also houses Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF system for 5G coverage. It has support for Bluetooth V5.1, Wi-Fi 6 and NavIC GPS positioning. The new Snapdragon 690 also promises a variety of other improvements over the previous 6-series chips.
Expect to see the first 5G phones powered by a Snapdragon 690 in Q2 2020.