Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 brings 5G to budget phones

Qualcomm today launched the new Snapdragon 690 chipset that is going to power 5G in a range of budget smartphones.

This is the first time 5G is coming to the 6-series chipsets with battery life improvements which will significantly improve the experience on the lower-priced phones.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G is built on Samsung’s 8nm fabrication process and features eight Kryo 560 CPU cores and an Adreno 619L GPU. The CPU cores are split into two main Cortex-A77 cores running up to 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 companion cores running at up to 1.7GHz.

Cameras in the lower price Android phones will also see a significant boost as the Snapdragon 690 5G supports 4K video recording at 30fps and support up to 192-megapixel photography.

Snapdragon 690 supports up to 120Hz refresh rates at the FHD+ resolution.

“Driving the expansion of 5G into the Snapdragon 6-series has the potential to make 5G accessible to more than 2 billion smartphone users around the world,” said Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon in a statement.

The company confirmed that OEMs like HMD Global, LG Electronics, Motorola, Sharp, TCL, and Wingtech to soon announce new phones with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 690.

“Just like the Android experience on our Nokia smartphones, our take on 5G is also future proofed. Earlier this year, we were the first manufacturer to leverage the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G Modular Platform in a smartphone, delivering on our vision of a truly future-proof global 5G experience with the Nokia 8.3 5G,” says Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer, HMD Global.

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