Today Qualcomm is extending its 5G SoC portfolio down to the Snapdragon 600-series, introducing the new Snapdragon 690 platform and chip. The new design is a more significant upgrade to the 600-series, not only upgrading the cellular capabilities, but also upgrading some of the cornerstone IPs to the newest generation available.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600-Range SoCs
SoC Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 662 Snapdragon 665 Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 675 Snapdragon 690
CPU 4x Kryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.2GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz
4x Kryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.0GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz
4x Kryo 260 (CA73)
@ 2.0GHz

4x Kryo 260 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz
2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.0GHz 

6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 460 (CA76)
@ 2.0GHz
6x Kryo 460 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
2x Kryo 560 (CA77)
@ 2.0GHz
6x Kryo 560 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz
GPU Adreno 512 Adreno 610 Adreno 615 Adreno 612 Adreno 619L
DSP Hexagon 680  Hexagon 683  Hexagon 686  Hexagon 686  Hexagon 685  Hexagon
Spectra 160
Spectra 340T
25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 165
25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 250
25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 250
25MP single / 16MP dual
Spectra 355L
48MP single / 32+16MP dual
Memory 2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz
2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz

1MB system cache
Integrated Modem Snapdragon X12 LTE Snapdragon X11 LTE
(Cat 12/13)

DL = 390Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Snapdragon X12 LTE

(Category 12/13)

DL = 600Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM
Snapdragon X51

( LTE )
DL = 1200 Mbps
UL = 210 Mbps

DL = 2500 Mbps
UL = 1200 Mbps
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
H.264 & H.265
2160p30, 1080p120
H.264 & H.265
Mfc. Process 14nm LPP 11nm LPP 11nm LPP 10nm LPP 11nm LPP 8nm LPP

Although the new Snapdragon 690 maintains its CPU configurations in terms of big and little cores in a 2+6 setup, Qualcomm has managed to include the newest Cortex-A77 IP for the big CPU cores, resulting in a 20% performance uplift thanks to the microarchitectural improvements. The clock speeds remain the same as found in other recent 600-series designs, meaning 2GHz on the big cores and 1.7GHz for the A55 cores.

On the GPU side, we see the shift to a new Adreno 619L design sees a much bigger shift with an up to 60% increase in performance compared to the previous generation Snapdragon 675.

Memory-wise, it’s still a LPDDR4X SoC with dual 16-bit channel support, which is plenty for the bandwidth requirements at this performance segment.

Qualcomm is also trickling down some of the newer higher end multimedia features to the 600-series, such as the newer generation Spectra iSP which is able to support up to 192MP still pictures or up to 48MP sensors with multi-frame noise reduction, or a dual-camera setup in tandem of 32+16MP sensors. The chip has a 10-bit capture and display pipeline, allowing it 4K HDR capture and display – although we didn’t see mention of 4K60 recording.

The key feature of the Snapdragon 690 is its shift towards a 5G modem platform. The integrated X51 modem now adds support for 5G sub-6GHz with global band support. The speeds here scale up to 2500Mbps downstream and 1200Mbps upstream on sub-6 networks, utilising up to 100MHz of spectrum bandwidth. The chip seemingly makes without mmWave connectivity, and this makes a lot of sense given the price range that the 600-series is meant to be used in, as well as the general lack of mmWave adoption in most markets.

“This new platform is designed to make 5G user experiences even more broadly available around the world. Snapdragon 690 also supports remarkable on-device AI and vibrant entertainment experiences. HMD Global, LG Electronics, Motorola, SHARP, TCL, and Wingtech are among the OEMs/ODMs expected to announce smartphones powered by Snapdragon 690.”

We’re expecting the new chip to be deployed in devices by various vendors in the second half of the year.

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  • leexgx - Thursday, June 18, 2020 - link

    surprised no one has complained about the super short range MMwave yet (even though it's not important compared to having full sub 6ghz to 700 mhz support witch your phone will see for the majority of the time)
  • Great_Scott - Thursday, June 18, 2020 - link

    That makes sense - Qualcomm can know(guess) that MMwave is DOA for pretty much everyone.

    Other than sub-6 5G support I don't really see much difference between the 670, 675, and 690.

    Fortunately the 5G rollout is so slow and painful that good 4G phones should be good to use for the foreseeable future.

    The good news here is limited since the SOCs with no A-7x at all are still hanging around on new phones giving people slow and buggy experiences on 8-12 cores.
  • leexgx - Saturday, June 20, 2020 - link

    main benefit of the 690 5g is the 4G will be faster (has faster LTE modem and more LTE bands support) and have support for even faster 5g for later on if you get a signal

    well at some point providers are going to be moving 4G into split share with 5G so Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) so it can use 5g and 4g at same time

    so unlike 3g to 4g where you could only be on 3g or 4g (with 3g voice fall back when it worked, the random missed call texts when your phone didn't ring but it hit voicemail and they hang up)
    with x51 it can do both 4g and 5g combined (X51 and higher) and you get data speed from both 4g and 5g technologies (where provider support is enabled for it)

    all in one x51 or higher modems with required 5g antennas (not X50 it has 5g but has a separate 5g modem that is not part of the 2g/3g/4g modem that is inside the SOC) so avoid any phone with 855+ SOC (even there website does not put 5g next to it just a + all other SOCs with a dedicated 2g to 5g modem or built into the SOC has 5g on it)

    the 7-8 series have support for MMwave (lots of phones only have Sub 6ghz hardware which really is not a problem a MMwave is super short range to be network financially profitable)
    we might get it in the UK but its use be very limited use (i would of said large sport/events and transport stations but with currant covid situation 20Ghz+ deployment would be very little use, maybe 5 years)
  • 0iron - Friday, June 19, 2020 - link

    So, 6 series will run out of name!

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