As 5G becomes available in more countries and expands among more carriers, the demand for 5G-enabled smartphones also increases. Until now, mainly high-end devices were the ones to offer 5G and that usually costs a few bucks.
Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 690 5G, an affordable chipset that will find its way in many mid-range smartphones. The company said in the release:
“Helping to make 5G accessible to more people than ever before. It is smarter, faster, and more impressive than its predecessor, packing remarkable on-device AI and vibrant entertainment experiences backed by efficient performance.”
The first companies to sign-up for using the new chipset are Motorola, LG, HMD Global, Sharp, and TCL. More are expected to follow as soon as this piece of tech hits the market.
The new Snapdragon 690 5G will bring a lot of improvements to mid-range phones. Qualcomm’s new chip features 4K HDR support to capture pictures at up to 192 megapixels, and also supports 120hz displays for very fast refresh rates.
Other benefits our favorite mid-rangers will get is faster charging, the new chipset is fully compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology that charges up to 4x faster than conventional charging.
We can expect to start seeing devices equipped with the new Snapdragon 690 5G in the second half of 2020.