Snapdragon 636 Brings 40% Performance Improvements Over The Snapdragon 630


Qualcomm has recently unveiled their Snapdragon 636 Smartphone SOC that is the Successor to the Snapdragon 630. The fabrication process technology is still at 14nm but, the improvements are actually on the other segments. So, let’s quickly list out the specifications..

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Specifications:
  • 8 x Kryo 260 CPU (4 High Power @ 1.8 GHz + 4 Power Efficient )
  • 14nm Fabrication Process Technology
  • 1333 GHz LPDDR4/LPDDR4X RAM Support (Upto 8GB)
  • eMMC & UFS Storage Support
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DX12 & Vulkan API Support
  • 2160 x 1080 (18:9) Display Support
  • Displayport & USB Type-C Support
  • Upto 24MP Single Camera or 16MP Dual Camera Support (Optical Zoom Supported)
  • Video Recording at 4K (upto 30 FPS) & 1080P (upto 120 FPS)
  • Hexagon 680 DSP & Spectra 160 ISP
  • X12 LTE Modem (Upto 600 MBPS Downloads & upto 150 MBPS Uploads)
  • VoLTE & VoWiFi Support
  • 2.4 GHz, 5GHz Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (1×1)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  •  Quick Charge 4 Support
  • 192 kHz / 24 bit Audio Support


Snapdragon 636 Brings 40% Performance Improvements Over The Snapdragon 630


So, if you’re a little bit confused about the specifications then let me tell you about what improvements the Snapdragon 636 actually brought over the Snapdragon 630.

As far Qualcomm claims, the Snapdragon 636 brings about 40% performance increase over the 630. Also, it is now using the Hexagon 680 DSP just as the Snapdragon 660 while the 630 uses Hexagon 642 DSP. The other improvements include native support for 2160 x 1080 (18:9) Displays so, we’ll be seeing more & more wide screen phones in upcoming months & OEMs don’t need to do any kind of scaling for that as it now supported in hardware.

Qualcomm has also included the Qualcomm Machine Learning Platform to the Snapdragon 636. So if OEMs want, they can include some AI features even in Mid-range smartphones that’ll use this SOC. This kinda shows that Qualcomm will push their machine learning capabilities to the upcoming Snapdragon 845 that’ll come out in early 2018. But, what we are happy for is that, even Mid-range SOCs are getting pretty good. So, we’ll see a lot of good smartphones in the near future that’ll actually run on good SOCs & they won’t cost a lot.

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