Mobile operators and telecommunication equipment companies around the world are hard working on developing the technologies and hardware systems required to bring the fifth-generation (5G) of mobile networking to market.Among these telecommunication equipment companies, Qualcomm announced its latest Snapdragon 690 chipset which is capable of connecting to sub-6GHz 5G networks.
Although 6-series chipsets are often found in phones that not quite flagship level but now it seems like we would be able to see entry level devices with 5G connectivity.This new chip incorporates a new modem, the X51 with of 2.5Gbps down, and 660Mbps up.However, the modem is only capable of connecting to sub-6GHz 5G networks -not millimeter wave base stations.
In addition to the ground breaking 5G connectivity, this new Snapdragon chipset consists of a Kryo 560 octacore processor which can run up to 2GHz. And support for cameras, with up to 192-megapixel photos and 30-frame-per-second 4K HDR videos with improved AI chip to process such high bit rate photos and videos.
The 120Hz refresh rate is supported up to FHD+ resolutions of 2220×1080 displays and will able to support up to 8GB of 1866MHz memory. The SOC fabricated is using an 8nm process.For the first time, Qualcomm is bringing its Hexagon Tensor Accelerator to the 6-series which enables high-speed, artifact-free real-time AR photo filters.
Senior director of product management at Qualcomm, ‘Deepu John’ mentioned that “We want to bring more flagship experiences to billions — things like immersive camera experiences, intensive and interactive gaming, fast responding AI voice assistants,”
According to the Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 690 chipset-based smartphones will be announced and released by OEMs like LG, Motorola, Nokia, Sharp, TCL at the second half of 2020.Also they mentioned that this new chipset will enable 5G to come to smartphones priced to be affordable to over 2 billion users across the world.
“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 ‘Cristiano Amon’ the president of Qualcomm.
Although, Snapdragon 690 is not the budget-range chipset offered by Qualcomm. The company also offers its 4-series and 2-series processors, which don’t yet have 5G connectivity.