Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon 690 processor

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Qualcomm has recently launched the Snapdragon 690, the first product in its 6-series chips to get 5G support. But it’ll only support the slower sub-6GHz versions of 5G, not the faster mmWave standard.

The new Snapdragon 690 also includes a numbers of other improvements over the previous 6-series chips. Qualcomm says it’ll offer 20 percent better CPU performance and 60 percent faster graphics rendering compared to the Snapdragon 675.

Now addition to 5G, there are a few other high-end features that are trickling down to the 6-series for the first time. The Snapdragon 690 will support 120Hz displays for faster refresh rates, along with 4K HDR video capture. The Snapdragon 690 will also enable up to 192-megapixel cameras on midtier devices.

It expected to see the first 5G phones powered by a Snapdragon 690 in Q2 2020, with HMD, LG, Motorola, Sharp, and TCL among the companies that are planning to release devices with the new chipset