5G support continues to spread among the processors for smartphones and is slowly but surely also conquering cheaper chips. With the Snapdragon 690, Qualcomm has now introduced a new SoC, which brings an integrated 5G modem into the regular middle class. The upper middle class is already covered with the Snapdragon 765G.
The Snapdragon 690 is the successor of the Snapdragon 675, which e.g. is used in the Meizu Note 9 that we tested. As usual, the new SoC comes with a decent performance boost, which is particularly true of the GPU. Here is an Adreno 619L at work, which is said to bring a whopping 60 percent more power. After all, the CPU delivers up to 20% more performance. The Snapdragon 690 offers a total of eight CPU cores. Two of them are performance cores based on Cortex A77 with 2GHz. The remaining 6 cores clock at 1.7GHz and are based on the Cortex A55 architecture. The whole is made in slim 8nm.
The modem in the Snapdragon 690 is called Snapdragon X51 and supports 5G with speeds of up to 2.5Gbit / s in the downstream and 1.2GBit / s in the upstream. What the chip lacks is support for mmWave.
Playback of HDR10 and HDR10 + is supported. Displays can offer a color depth of 10 bit. Main memory is connected via dual channel and a maximum of 2133MHz clock. The Snapdragon 690 also offers significant improvements when it comes to cameras. The chip can now process images with a resolution of up to 192MP and also offers support for the recording of 4k HDR material at 30fps.
The first smartphones with the Snapdragon 690 should appear later in the summer. We can assume that Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Realme will also make use of it.