Qualcomm aims to bring 5G to mid-range phones with Snapdragon 690 chipset
Qualcomm has launched its first 5G chipset for its 600 Series mid-range processor – the Snapdragon 690. The SoC (System on Chip) connects to other 5G-capable processors of the company such as Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 765G, Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 855. +.
The chipmaker aims to bring 5G capability to budget phones with this processor. It said that the expected price of the phone launched with this chipset would be between $ 300 and $ 500.
Qualcomm stated that the new Octacore CPU can run at a maximum speed of 2.0 GHz; Offering 20% better performance than its predecessor. It is also the first chipset in the series to support a 120Hz display.
To support 5G connectivity, the company is banking on the X51 modem with global 5G multi-SIM support.
The Snapdragon 690 supports 4K video recording with up to 192-megapixel single camera and HDR 10 support. In addition, the company is bringing its hexagon tensor accelerator to the 600 series with a 5th-gen AI engine. It helps users with AR-based filters, faster images, and a better experience of on-device transcription on Snapchat and Instagram.
Phone manufacturers like Nokia, Motorola and LG are already committed to making handsets based on this chip. Qualcomm said that in the second part of the year we will see many phones powered by Snapdragon 690.
Qualcomm says that more than 60 mobile network operators across the world have launched commercial 5G. However, large portions of consumers may not experience them for a few years. But chips like the Snapdragon 690 will greatly reduce the cost of owning a 5G-capable device.