Snapdragon 690 Revealed: Qualcomm’s Plan For Cheap 5G Phones…

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 06/18/20 •  5 min read

Qualcomm’s had a busy 18 months and shows no signs of relenting. The chip-maker has now revealed its latest SoC, the Snapdragon 690, and it’s designed with the sole purpose of bringing 5G to cheaper Android phones…

Up to now, if you wanted a 5G phone you’d have to pay “flagship money” – anywhere from $700 to $1200. The main reason for this is because Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 is expensive. That’s why we got the Snapdragon 765G which will apparently be appearing inside the Google Pixel 5.

But even then, you’re still looking at anywhere from $500 to $700 for a phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G. This is the new “mid-range” but it is still pretty expensive, especially for the hundreds of millions of users around the globe that cannot afford $600-$700 for a phone.

Meet The Snapdragon 690, Qualcomm’s Solution For Cheap 5G Phones

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Well, this is where the newly minted Snapdragon 690 comes into play. Positioned below the Snapdragon 765G and 765, the 690 will be aimed squarely at cheap, low-end Android phones – phones that retail for as little as $250-$300 a pop. And like the 865 and 765G, it will support 5G.

The release of the 690 will herald a new era for 5G phones. In the not too distant future, like a couple of months from now, you’ll be able to pick up a 5G Android phone for in and around $300. My guess is brands like RealMe and VIVO, as well as Xiaomi, will be ALL over this new chipset.

Snapdragon 690 Specs & Features

Here’s the official specs-list for the Snapdragon 690 via Qualcomm’s product page:

Qualcomm AI Engine

Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System

FastConnect 6200 System

Qualcomm Spectra 355L Image Signal Processor

Maximum On-Device Display Support:


Adreno 619L GPU


General Specifications

As you can, the 690 covers A LOT of ground with its specs and features. You have support for up to 8GB of RAM, WiFi 6, and up to 48MP image capture to pull just a few highlights from the list of specs above. The main event, however, is its inclusion of 5G support via Qualcomm’s integrated Snapdragon X51 5G modem-RF system, as well as its support for 120Hz displays.

Bottom line? Cheap Android phones are about to get A LOT better. Expect the first phones carrying Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 to drop very soon…

And be sure to check out Does Apple Make Their Own Processors?

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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