Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 690 processor supports 5G and will appear in smartphones from Nokia, Motorola, and LG, among others, in the second half of the year. You should know this.
Snapdragon 690 with 5G
The Snapdragon 690 is a new smartphone processor and the first in Qualcomm’s 600 series with 5G support. Qualcomm has been making 5G processors for two years, but so far only in the 700 and 800 series. Those processors are intended for higher midrange and high-end smartphones, respectively.
The 600 series is traditionally in devices between 250 and 400 euros, and this is expected to also apply to the Snapdragon 690. So expect more and cheaper 5G smartphones. Qualcomm says that Nokia, LG, Motorola, and TCL will release smartphones with a Snapdragon 690 chip in the second half of this year (which starts July 1). It is not yet known whether those devices also appear.
More about the processor
Qualcomm positions the Snapdragon 690 as the successor to the Snapdragon 675, which includes the Motorola One Zoom and Samsung Galaxy A70. According to the chipmaker, the Snapdragon 690 is up to twenty percent faster and offers up to sixty percent better graphics performance. That should benefit gaming, for example.
The processor supports a full-HD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 8GB of RAM, and 4K video recording with HDR. Smartphone manufacturers themselves determine whether they provide their devices with these functions, but the processor is therefore suitable.
What good is 5G?
In the summer, the Netherlands will have a 5G network, which in the first few years will work slightly more stable and faster than the current 4G network. Only in 2022 or 2023 will the 5G frequency become available, which will enable much higher speeds. In the more than ten 5G phones are already for sale, including from OnePlus, Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola.