In December last year, Qualcomm not only launched the flagship Snapdragon 865 5G SOC but also launched the first 5G chipsets under the 7-series named Snapdragon 765 and 765G. At that event, Qualcomm announced that it would launch the 5G chipsets under the 6-series in Q2 2020. Well, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 is the latest SOC from the company & it is the first chipset under the 6-series that comes with 5G support, thanks to the X51 5G Modem.
As the name suggests, this is the upgrade over the Snapdragon 675, which was the best 6-series chipset before the launch of Snapdragon 690. Firstly, it has the powerful Kryo 560 CPU, which is an upgrade over the Kryo 460 of Snapdragon 675. The Kryo 560 is an octa-core CPU featuring 2x Cortex-A77-based cores clocked at 2.0GHz & 6x Cortex-A55-based cores clocked at 1.7GHz.
There is Adreno 619L GPU, which, according to Qualcomm, features up to 60% improvement over the Adreno 612 of Snapdragon 675.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 is built on the 8nm manufacturing process, which means it is not only more powerful but also more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 675 based on the 11nm manufacturing process.
Other notable upgrades include the Hexagon 692 DSP, Spectra 355L ISP, sub-6GHz 5G, Wi-Fi 6, up to 120Hz FHD+ display support, and Quick Charge 4+.
We can expect to see phones with Snapdragon 690 in the second half of 2020 & Qualcomm also revealed that some of the OEMs that are going to launch phones with this chipset include HMD Global, LG Electronics, Motorola, TCL, Sharp, and Wingtech.