Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Brings the Kryo CPU to Budget Smartphones
Qualcomm has today added three new chipsets to its line of mobile processors, one of which belongs to the company’s 600 series. With the new Snapdragon 632 Mobile Platform, Qualcomm is bringing its Kryo CPU to more affordable price segments and making it easier for phone makers to integrate trending features such as tall screens, Dual VoLTE, and more on budget smartphones.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, of course, also comes with the usual performance upgrades as compared to its predecessors such as the Snapdragon 626. The biggest highlight of the 632 is the fact it’s powered by a new custom Kryo 250 CPU instead of a pack of Cortex ones. The Kryo 250 houses four performance as well as four efficiency cores with a maximum clock speed of 1.8Ghz in either case.
Qualcomm says this has yielded an uplift of nearly forty percent against the previous eight-core Cortex arrangement on processors like the Snapdragon 626. As far as the GPU is concerned, the Snapdragon 632 has an Adreno 506, which while is the same as the 626, has been optimized for new OpenGL and Vulkan APIs leading to a bump up of about ten percent. Qualcomm is also promising those improvements at a lower power consumption which should theoretically allow manufacturers to offer better battery life.
In addition, the Snapdragon 632 is capable of on-device machine learning as well. It’s compatible with the majority of software and frameworks out there including the company’s own Neural Processing SDK, Android NN, TensorFlow, and more. For the camera, the chip supports up to a 24-megapixel single lens and two 13-megapixel sensors in the case of a dual setup.
It comes with the same Snapdragon X9 LTE modem found on the Snapdragon 626, Qualcomm Aqstic module for richer audio, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, and can power an FHD+ screen. Phones with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 are expected to arrive in the next few months (2H 2018).