Today, Qualcomm officially releases the Snapdragon 690 SoC as the newest entry to the mid-end 6xx series. It’s the first 5G SoC from the 6xx series of Snapdragon. With this, Qualcomm brings 5G networking to a much lower price range compared to the upper mid-end Snapdragon 765G and Snapdragon 768G. Here’s everything we need to know about Snapdragon 690 including its specs, features, and AnTuTu scores.
6 x Kryo 560 Silver Cortex-A55 @ 1.7 GHz
22 MP at 30fps Dual Camera with MFNR/ZSL / 16MP Triple Cameras with MFNR/ZSL)
2×2 Wi-Fiac Wave2
Snapdragon 690 is based on Samsung’s 8nm FinFET process. It’s the same process used in Exynos 980 and 880.
Snapdragon 690 uses a Kyro 650 CPU based on the dual-cluster design (2+6). It consists of 2 x high-performance core which is the Kryo Prime Cortex–A77 running @2.0GHz and 6 x energy-efficient Cortex–A55 cores running @1.8GHz. In comparison to SD 765/G, SD 768/G, and SD 675, we can see that it uses the latest Cortex A77 cores which is too rare to see in SoCs.
SoC manufacturers even said that the performance of the Cortex A77 core is useful only on the 5nm process and this is not even 7nm but 8nm process. Anyways, the CPU performance is up to 20% faster than the previous generation (SD 675).
SD 690 has Adreno 619L as the GPU. No detailed information is given on it including the process and frequency. However, Qualcomm states that the new Adreno 619L GPU can improve the graphics rendering performance by up to 60% compared to the previous generation which is SD 675.
Snapdragon 690 incorporates the first integration of the fifth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine and the first integration of the Hexagon 692 Tensor Accelerator (HTA). Compared to Snapdragon 675, the overall performance of AI has been improved by up to 70%. The AI score hasn’t been announced yet. You can check this page once the result has been announced. We will also update it here.
With the introduction of HTA, you can achieve scenarios that were not possible on the Snapdragon 6 series platform.
For example, when taking a selfie, hundreds of different feature points of the face are captured and calculated in real-time and converted into a child’s face, such as real-time detection and source recognition of different sounds. Here’s how it looks like:
Moving to the scores of the AnTuTu Benchmark v8, it is rumored that Snapdragon 690 will score around 280,000 – 290,000 points ranking between Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G and being slightly powerful than SD 730. Since there’s no smartphone featuring the SoC yet, the scores are yet to be confirmed.
Snapdragon 690 supports 5G networking and is the first in the 6xx series to provide this networking. Snapdragon 690 integrating the X51 modem (internal) gives 5G download up to 2.5 Gbit/s and upload up to 1.6 Gbit/s. Moreover, it also supports Global 5G networking consisting of sub-6 GHz in Europe and Asia and mmWave 5G in the US. For 4G LTE, the download uses Cat 24 with a speed up to 1200 Mbit/s and for upload Cat 22 with a speed up to 210 Mbit/s. The Snapdragon 768G download and upload speeds are 2.5 Gbps and 1.6 Gbps respectively for the mmWave 5G network.
It is also worth mentioning that the Snapdragon 690 5G supports 5G+4G dual card dual standby.
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In terms of camera support, we have the Spectra 355L which supports 192 MP single camera and up to 22 MP at 30fps Dual Camera with MFNR/ZSL and the newly added triple camera up to 16MP. For the first time, it also brings 4K HDR (true 10-bit) video recording as well. There are certain features of the new 355L ISP.
It also supports the latest QC 4.0+ charging.
As for the display, it supports FHD+ resolution along with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Since Qualcomm SoCs aren’t limited to a specific manufacturer, we can see a wide price range of smartphones featuring SD 690 depending on the manufacturer. Xiaomi and Realme phones will be much cheaper, meanwhile, manufacturers like OPPO and Vivo will have phones featuring SD 690 for a much expensive price. At present, there’s no phone but we can expect an SD 690 phone to be around $190 to $280 releasing in the second half of 2020.