Even though countries like India won’t be getting 5G anytime soon, still chip manufacturers are working on chips that can provide it when they become available. Around the globe, things are a bit different, and some countries have indeed got into the 5G wagon, but the phones that come with support for 5G always have a hefty price tag. Well, Qualcomm is planning to change it before we had the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor and the upper mid-range Snapdragon 768G/765G as the only chips capable of 5G from Qualcomm.
But now we have a new player, and it is an even more affordable option than the Snapdragon 765G. It is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690, and it comes as the successor to the Snapdragon 675. So how does the Snapdragon 690 fair against the previous best affordable 5G chip from Qualcomm, that is, the Snapdragon 765G? Let’s find out in this article.
Snapdragon 690 vs Snapdragon 765G
The Snapdragon 690 is built on TSMC’s 8nm LPP fabrication process, and the Snapdragon 765G is built on 7nm EUV-based fabrication from Samsung. This makes the Snapdragon 765G slightly more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 690.
CPU & GPU:
The Snapdragon 690 contains two performance Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and Six power-efficient Cortex-A56 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. In contrast to this, the Snapdragon 765G has a tri-cluster design with one high-performance core, one medium-performance core, and six power-efficient cores. It has one Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.4 GHz, one Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.2 GHz, and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz.
Regarding GPU, with the newer Snapdragon 690, you get the Adreno 619L, which is just below the Adreno 620 found in the Snapdragon 765G. In terms of actual gameplay, the difference would be minimal. The 765G belongs to the G series of Snapdragon processors, meaning you will get a higher frequency on the Adreno 620. Again, in comparison to its predecessor, the Adreno 619L is claimed to be 60% better than the Adreno 612 found inside the Snapdragon 675.
In the Display department, the Snapdragon 765G holds the upper hand with support for QHD+ resolution with 60Hz or FHD+ resolution with 120Hz. In comparison, you only get FHD+ resolution with a maximum of 120Hz with the Snapdragon 690. But in the end, it depends on the smartphone manufacturer itself, whether or not they choose to include QHD+ or FHD+ resolution displays with their phones.
ISP and AI:
Both the processors house the same ISP, that is, the Spectra 355 ISP. The Snapdragon 690, however, uses a lighter version of it called the Spectra 355L ISP. This chip supports 4K HDR recording, 192MP photo capture, and even has support for portrait videos. The difference lies in the slow-motion video capture, where the lighter version, the Spectra 355L, supports 720p @ 240FPS. The Spectra 355 goes a step further with support for 20p @ 480FPS slow-motion videos.
The Snapdragon 690 comes with Hexagon 692 DSP, which is the same that we see on the Snapdragon 730G. But on the Snapdragon 765G, we get the higher Hexagon 696 DSP. This will mean a somewhat better and faster AI task performance on the Snapdragon 765G.
Modem and Connectivity:
The most significant aspect of the 600 series Snapdragon series, after the arrival of the Snapdragon 690, is the inclusion of 5G. And the Snapdragon 690 has support for sub-6GHz 5G networks. This will mean a download speed of 2.5Gbps and an upload speed of 660Mbps. In comparison, with the Snapdragon 765 G’s modem, we get support for sub-6GHz and high-frequency mmWave networks. And the download and upload speeds for this modem go to 3.7Gbps and 1.6Gbps, respectively.
Regarding connectivity, both the processors have support for Wi-Fi 6 and even dual-band Wi-Fi. Because the Snapdragon 690 is a newer chip, we even see support for Bluetooth 5.1 here, while the Snapdragon 765G only supports Bluetooth 5.0.
Introducing a Snapdragon 600 Series 5G processor means that 5G will soon be available to the masses. Now, you won’t need to pay a premium to get a 5G-enabled phone. Even when 5G becomes available everywhere, cheaper mid-range 5G phones will be ready for it. On the other hand, Snapdragon 765G from Qualcomm’s 700 Series will bring 5G devices to the premium mid-range segment.