Qualcomm has announced their latest processor the Snapdragon 636 which will be shipped to smartphone manufacturers from November onwards.
Phones that get launched in the first half of 2018 are expected to be powered by this newest SoC.
The latest processor is not a huge jump like the previous 620 and 630 but rather an incremental upgrade for the existing SoC. It provides much better download speeds over a 5G connection and will also offer better downloads on a traditional 4G connection which has become the norm all over the world now.
Inside the tiny chip, eight Kryo 260 CPUs are integrated which according to Qualcomm is at least 40 percent more powerful than the existing 630 chip. It uses a 14nm FinFet process which allows the processor to adequately power ultra-wide displays with FHD+ resolution. Phones are not only becoming thinner in size but the displays are growing with increased resolution and Qualcomm is working hard to provide a lag free experience for their users.
As with the previous upgrades, it is also integrated with a Snapdragon X12 LTE modem which is capable of handling peak download speeds of up to 600 MBPS while it can handle uploads up to 150 MBPS. The chipset also supports up to 24-megapixel camera with zero shutter lag. Smartphones are always given the utmost importance for their camera quality which is what the chip manufacturer tries to achieve as well so that they continue to stay on top.
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With the enhanced power of the Snapdragon 636 System on Chip, smartphones that are powered by this processor can handle lossless audio effortlessly making it a must have for audiophiles. It provides low distortion and high dynamic range making it a great choice for high end headphones. If the phone is powered by a DAC like the LG V30, the output will be phenomenal as confirmed by reviews so far.
With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, smartphone manufacturers can use up to 8 GB of RAM in their flagship devices even though this particular chipset is primarily aimed towards mid-range buyers. It supports Quick Charge 4.0 to save time spent in charging and also supports all Wifi modules including the latest 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and all the popular connectivity choices including USB 3.1, GPS and so on.
The real world performance of the new Qualcomm chip will vary based on the smartphone model, it’s design and the company that is behind it.