Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon 690 processor to add 5G to budget phones

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2020 seems to be the year when 5G went from a relative rarity to a common fixture on many a phone. This is mainly due to the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765 series of 5G processors that are now in many of today’s devices.

These chips are largely restricted to flagships and upper mid-range phones though. Now, Qualcomm is aiming even lower with its newly unveiled Snapdragon 690 5G processor.

Therefore, these phones give you an idea of the types of devices that will be equipped with the new processor. With brands like Realme and Xiaomi often coming in with aggressive pricing, we’re definitely expecting some phones below the $300 mark.

In 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 (both a first for the 6-series). The Snapdragon 690 will also enable up to 192-megapixel cameras on midtier devices.

Expect 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.

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