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Chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies has released its first 5G mobile platform in the 6-series, the Snapdragon 690 5G, which it claims will pave for the way for cheaper smartphones that can use the new technology.

Uptil this point, the cheapest smartphone that offers 5G technology is the OPPO Find X2 Lite which retails for A$749 in Australia. Devices based on this platform are expected to sell for anything from US$300 to US$500.

In a statement, the company said the new chip would have a super-fast X51 5G modem-RF system that would have support for standalone and SA and NSA modes, TDD and FDD, Dynamic Spectrum sharing and global 5G multi-SIM.

Brands that are expected to announce smartphones based on the Snapdragon 690 in the second half of this year are HMD Global (owned by Nokia), LG, Motorola (owned by Lenovo), Sharp, TCL and Wingtech.

“With over 375 5G designs launched or in development to date using Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G solutions, we are driving the proliferation of 5G across multiple tiers to make the next generation of camera, artificial intelligence, and gaming experiences more broadly available,” said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated.

“Driving the expansion of 5G into the Snapdragon 6-series has the potential to make 5G accessible to more than two billion smartphone users around the world.”

Qualcomm said the Snapdragon 690 would support 4K HDR and be able to capture more than a billion shades of colour and photographs at up to 192 megapixels. It also supports 120Hz displays.

"Additionally, Snapdragon 690 features a Qualcomm Kryo 560 CPU that delivers up to 20% performance improvement compared to its predecessor," the company said.

"The new Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System is optimised for the 6-series platform to bring multi-gigabit speeds and superior 5G coverage to the 6-series for the first time."

“Just like the Android experience on our Nokia smartphones, our take on 5G is also future proofed. Earlier this year, we were the first manufacturer to leverage the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G Modular Platform in a smartphone, delivering on our vision of a truly future-proof global 5G experience with the Nokia 8.3 5G,” said Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer, HMD Global.

“Now with the Snapdragon 690 Mobile Platform, we are excited that our vision of future-proof 5G and global 5G roaming can be made more accessible to even more fans of Nokia phones. You can expect 5G worthy experiences powered by our PureDisplay and ZEISS Imaging innovation, now at an even more affordable price. We can’t wait to share more details on this exciting product with you, stay tuned.”

“5G is truly redefining how consumers interact with their devices. LG is supportive of bringing this enabling technology down to lower priced products through its integration of the Snapdragon 690 Mobile Platform,” said Dr In-Kyung Kim, senior vice-president, 5G and network technology and strategy, LG Electronics.

“We’re committed to expand 5G into our portfolio and we will rely on the new Snapdragon 690 Mobile Platform to continue to do it,” said Sergio Buniac, president, Motorola Mobility. “It’s incredibly important, especially now, for us to make 5G accessible to even more consumers around the world. As networks expand, so are our offerings.”

“At Sharp, the expansion of 5G is of critical importance to the company,” said Shigeru Kobayashi, general manager, SHARP Personal Communications Division. “We are highly supportive of Qualcomm Technologies’ first Snapdragon 6-series 5G mobile platform.”

“Currently, TCL has introduced smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 7 Series 5G Mobile Platform, and we are very excited to support the launch of Snapdragon 690 Mobile Platform. TCL is committed to delivering cost-effective and affordable devices with 5G capabilities,” said Chen Ji, general manager of global product centre and vice-president, TCL Communication.

"We're looking at how we can bring this essential technology to more consumers."

“Wingtech has developed many devices for global OEMs based on Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G solutions. As the expansion of 5G in 2020, we look forward to bringing 5G products to more consumers around the world at various price through our joint collaboration,” said Wang Hao, president of sales, Wingtech.

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