The Snapdragon 625 and 630 are really popular mid-range mobile chipsets from the Qualcomm stable. The company has now announced a successor in the form of Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 636 comes with significant improvements across all quarters and has been designed to offer better gaming and display quality.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 was announced during the 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong and it employs Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU. The Snapdragon 636 is touted to offer a 40-percent increase in performance as opposed to its predecessor. On the graphics front, the Snapdragon 636 comes equipped with an Adreno 509 and claims a 10 percent increase in gaming and browsing performance. The mobile platform also bakes in the Qualcomm TruPalette and EcoPix for a better display. That apart, the Snapdragon 636 also supports ultra-wide FHD+ displays.
“The Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform uses a 14nm FinFet process, and is pin and software compatible with the Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms, allowing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) already using these platforms to quickly and efficiently add Snapdragon 636 to their device line-ups” – Qualcomm
The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP supports capture of up to 24-megapixels with zero shutter lag and other functions like smooth zoom, fast autofocus, and true-to-life colors. The platform also supports HiFi audio along with the ability to playback lossless audio files with high dynamic range. The Snapdragon 636 supports RAM of up to 8GB, USB 3.1, QuickCharge 4.0 and Bluetooth 5.0.
On the connectivity front, the Snapdragon 636 features the X12 4G LTE modem that allows for a peak download speed of 600Mbps. Furthermore, Qualcomm has confirmed that the 636 will use the same pin layout as the 660 and the 630 so that OEM’s don’t have to change the design of their chip. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 is expected to ship to the customers in November 2017.