Qualcomm recently announced its first 5G-enable Snapdragon 600-series processor with the arrival of Snapdragon 690 SoC. Now, HMD Global has teased that it will be announcing a Nokia smartphone powered by this new chipset.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at the company has teased an unnamed Nokia smartphone that will be running the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC. According to him, the phone will be “truly global 5G” and given the SD690 chipset, we expect the device to be cheaper than the Nokia 8.3 5G.

Nokia working on 5G phone

There’s a likelihood that the upcoming Nokia 6.3 or Nokia 7.3 could run on this new chipset and is the one that the company’s executive is teasing. Do note that the company has not confirmed the name of the device yet.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 Specs and Features

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 is an 8nm chipset that claims to bring about a 20 percent increase in CPU performance and around 60 percent increase in GPU performance compared to the Snapdragon 675.

It is packed with the Snapdragon X51 modem that brings support for sub-6GHz networks. There is also support for Wi-Fi 6 thanks to Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6200. It includes a new AI engine called ARCSOFT with Hexagon Tensor Accelerator.


The chipset comes with support for FHD+ displays with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for 4K video recording at 30fps and stills up to 192MP. Qualcomm says there is also a new enhancement for video encoding. The mobile platform also supports Quick Charge 4+ fast charging technology.

The development comes at a time when it’s been three months since the company announced Nokia 8.3 5G as the world’s first “truly global 5G” smartphone but the device is yet to be available for purchase.

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