As the race for affordable 5G devices goes on, Qualcomm announced a more affordable 5G SoC with the Snapdragon 690. Aside from being the first Snapdragon 600-series to support sub-6Ghz 5G with its Snapdragon X51 model, it is also the first chip from the same series to use two Cortex-A77 cores that are clocked at 2.0Ghz. Accompanying the two performance cores are six Cortex-A56 cores running at 1.7Ghz. The new core configuration is said to offer at least 20% better performance compared to the Snapdragon 675.
Other key features of the Snapdragon 690 include native support for 120hz displays at Full HD+ resolution, WiFi 6, Quick Charge 4+, and HDR10 video recording. at 4K30.
We expect to devices using the Snapdragon 690 later this year. HMD, LG, Motorola, Sharp, and TCL are among the first brands to use the new chipset.