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Qualcomm Brings 5G to Budget Phones via New Snapdragon 690 Chipset

Qualcomm has just launched its next 5G chipset - the Snapdragon 690 - which will be the first among its 6-series chips to support 5G technology. That said, it will only support sub-6GHz 5G, which is slower but has much farther reach than its mmWave counterpart.

Apart from 5G support, the Snapdragon 690 will bring with it a slew of other improvements, including 20% better CPU performance and 60% faster graphics rendering compared to the Snapdragon 675.

The addition of 5G support via a new Snapdragon X51 modem is significant due to the fact that Snapdragon's 6-series chips tend to be adopted by low- to mid-range smartphones. Prior to this, 5G was exclusively available on Qualcomm's higher-tier 8-series and selected 7-series chips; this means that arrival of the 690 chipset will greatly increase 5G accessibility for budget users.

Apart from 5G, other premium features trickling down to the 690 chipset include support for 120Hz displays, 4K HDR video capture, and up to 192MP cameras.

You can expect to see the first wave of 5G smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 690 rolling out in the coming months, so keep an eye out for those if you're looking for an affordable phone upgrade in the near future.

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