We have already seen the 5G arrive at the Snapdragon of the 800 family with the 855 and 865, we have also seen it land on the 700 lines with some of its latest models, the recent Snapdragon 768 among them, and it is time to go one step further. For this reason, Qualcomm takes the step of going down another step and bringing the 5G to its 600 lines, and for this, it presents the new Snapdragon 690.
But it is an important feature. In the Snapdragon 690, we find a processor compatible with 5G both SA and NSA, and with the vast majority of bands on the planet, in addition to being able to manage multiple SIMs with 5G at the same time. The chip is also compatible with FDD and TDD frequencies, all thanks to incorporating the North American company’s Snapdragon X51 modem, which will offer downloads of up to 2.5Gbps in 5G and up to 1.2Gbps in 4G, and uploads of 660Mbps and 210Mbps respectively.
We close the features of the wireless communication by mentioning that the chip incorporates support for WiFi 6 with the ability to manage 20, 40 and 80Hz channels and that it has an MU-MIMO configuration capable of handling up to 8 channels at a time. On Bluetooth, it comes with support for Bluetooth 5.1 devices with Qualcomm TrueWireless audio in addition to aptX Adaptive.
The new Snapdragon 690 from Qualcomm arrives built with 8-nanometer technology and has a CPU made up of two clusters of 2 and 6 cores, all of them Kryo 560 and running at a maximum of 2GHz. Of course, we are talking about a processor with 64-bit architecture and that has the Adreno 619L GPU as the main ally in the graphics section, although the presence of the Hexagon 692 chip for processing artificial intelligence code is also very helpful when downloading. the general task for the CPU itself.
Thanks to this Hexagon 692, the Snapdragon 690 supports Hexagon Scalar in addition to Vector eXtensions and Tensor extensions. The chip also has a Qualcomm Sensing Hub to control all kinds of sensors and is responsible for contributing its grain of sand to the energy saving of the processor. This Sensing Hub offers us compatibility with multiple voice assistants, with complex microphone systems for noise cancellation and also with artificial intelligence algorithms applied to audio processing.
With the new Snapdragon 690 from Qualcomm, we have sensor support of up to 192MP thanks to the Spectra 355L that the company mounts as support. You can also manage dual camera systems with 32MP and 16MP respectively with Zero Shutter Lag. With this processor, we will be able to record HD video of up to 240ps and it supports HEIC and HEIV formats for photography and video. We will also have portrait mode in 4K video with HDR.
The processor comes with support for LPDDR4X memory and a maximum capacity of 8GB of RAM, in addition to supporting NFC chips and USB C and Display Ports. As for charging speeds, with the Snapdragon 690, we will have Quick Charge 4+ natively, thus taking the fast charge of your phones to 18W.
As for screens, any mobile phone with the Snapdragon 690 onboard will be able to equip panels of up to 120Hz with FullHD + resolution, and at least one external screen with QHD and 60Hz resolution, in addition to supporting HDR10 and HDR10 +. In audio, we come across Qualcomm Aqstic audio codecs and native support for audio up to 384Hz and 32 bits in PCM format.
Speaking of gross increases over the Snapdragon 665, Qualcomm talks about 20% more performance for your CPU, 60% increase in graphics, and more than 70% improvement when processing artificial intelligence code. Although perhaps most important with the arrival of this Snapdragon 690 is the presence of 5G in the economic lines of the market, which will help the fifth generation of mobile communications to reach the world soon.
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