Cheap phones will also have 5G

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Cheap phones will also have 5G
Cheap phones will also have 5G

5G connectivity in smartphones used to be equivalent to high prices, especially in the early models that were high-end, full-blown models. Qualcomm, the largest manufacturer of mobile processors, has been trying to move 5G into the mid-range with the 765 5G. Now, it’s doing so with its mid-range and 690 5G.

The 5G still has a long way to go to reach the state of maturity enjoyed by the 4G (and no, it’s not because it’s hypothetically dangerous). Qualcomm has introduced its first 600 range processor with 5G connectivity, bringing this connectivity to the mid-range of Android devices that mount it.

This processor has the X51 modem inside, and we are talking about a chip manufactured at 8 nanometres and which has about 8 cores. Thanks to its 5G connectivity, it will have download speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps and supports cameras of up to 192 megapixels as well as screens of up to 120 Hz refresh rate.

Cheap mobiles and the 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 690
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690

Qualcomm processors are divided into ranges. We have the 400 range, which is intended for low-end smartphones, the 600 range which is more intended for medium-power smartphones. The 700 range falls somewhere between the mid-range and high-end ranges, and at the top end of the scale we have the 800 range, which is usually fitted to the top smartphones.

This announcement is important since we had already seen the 5G in 800 processors with the 865 and in the 700 with the 765, and this is the first 600 processor that has 5G. Therefore, the smartphones that mount this processor will be able to have such connectivity without their price going up.

This processor has 8 cores and is manufactured at 8 nanometers. Its maximum speed is 2 GHz and its GPU is the Adreno 619L, with the Hexagon 692 chip specifically designed for Artificial Intelligence. In Qualcomm’s figures, this 690 is about 20% more powerful than the 665, and has 60% better GPU performance.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 in figures
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 in figures

Despite being a mid-range device, this processor is capable of accommodating all kinds of high-end features. It has native support for 18W Quick Charge 4+, 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and as we have already said supports screen refresh rate up to 120 Hz.

The accompanying 5G modem, the X51, is capable of delivering a maximum download speed of 2.5 Gbps in 5G. If we go to 4G, the speed goes up to 1.2 Gbps. As for uploads, the figures are 660 and 210 Mbps. On the other hand, it is capable of supporting several SIMs in 5G.

5G technology and its energy problems
5G technology and its energy problems

We have support for WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and supports audio technologies such as Qualcomm TrueWireless or aptX Adaptive. It also supports external resolutions with 60Hz QHD display and support for HDR10 and HDR10+ content.

Finally, the cameras supported by this processor can reach up to 192 megapixels. Regarding video, you can record 4K with HDR or HD at 240 frames per second.

It is not known if the 5G modem will affect the price in any way, something that could be negative for sales if it affects the cost too much. Part of the high-end Android models has been criticized for the high price it is acquiring, in part because of the inclusion and expansion of 5G connectivity in these smartphones.

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