Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform is now official

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform is now official
With Qualcomm stating a while ago that it is now using the term mobile platform to replace the term processor, the company announced this morning the Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. Built using the 14nm FinFET process, the mobile platform offers a 40% increase in performance compared to the Snapdragon 630. With the Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU on board, Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 636 will bring "significant" improvements in gaming, with the display, and with overall performance.

The new mobile platform is pin and software compatible with the Snapdragon 630 and 660 mobile platforms. This will allow manufacturers to more easily add a Snapdragon 636 powered handset to their current smartphone lineup. The Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660 were originally launched in May, and the Snapdragon 636 is expected to start shipping next month. With the Snapdragon X12 4G LTE modem, the new mobile platform will offer peak download speeds of 600Mbps.

The Snapdragon 636 mobile platform features the Adreno 509 GPU, which provides a 10% improvement in gaming and browsing. The display is improved thanks to Qualcomm's TruPalette and EcoPix features which are part of the Adreno Visual Processing Subsystem. The Assertive Display feature means you will be able to see the screen better in less than optimal lighting, and FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2160) is supported. The octa-core CPU maxes out at a clock speed of 1.8GHz, and the chip can carry up to 8GB of RAM. Quick Charge 4.0 is also included.

The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP will work with sensors up to 24MP, providing zero shutter lag, smooth zoom, zippy auto focus and true-to-life colors. The Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec supports Hi-Fi audio. Distortion is low and dynamic range is high.

source: Qualcomm



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The Snapdragon 630 isn't even available in the consumer market and they've already made its successor. Anyhow, when I saw this article on Twitter, I thought this will be the first chip to support ARM's DynamIQ and will come with those new Cortex-A55s but alas... The DynamIQ is available for almost an year now but there's no news regarsing when we will see this new ARM v8.2 architecture at a consumer level, sad! For those who don't know, DynamIQ is EXTRENELY flexible and is the next irritation of bigLITTLE where a single cluster can have upto 8 cores and these cores can have different clocks or even different architecture, which means virtually ZERO latency when switching task from little cores to the big ones as they share the same cache. Very hightech stuff. Imagine a mid-range Octa Core SoC with 7 A55s and a single A75 ready on standby to give that extra boost every now and then! A true revolution! Not only that, but it will also be easier to optimize the software because ALL cores are in the same cluster whereas now it's quite complex to optimize the software as to when to switch the big cores and each manufacturer has its own 'agenda' regarding this. Hope to see one in my hands before I see the 'light'! Oh well, G'Day!

3. Zylam

Posts: 1824; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

It's not really successor to the 630, it merely sits between the 630 and 660. But yea a little strange to see a processor so close to another within the same line up. But 40% better performance plus 8GB and 24 MP and the new LTE chip will probably come at a significant price increase over the 630 for OEM's. The 630 is supposed to be in phones that cost 200 ish, the 636 will probably be in 250-300 phones while the 660 will be in 300+. It kind of works out.

8. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

For OEMs it's only the 625 (like they did with the 617), they ignored the 626, not much been released with the 630 and only chinese phones with the 660, it makes sense having a strong lineup but they simply ruin it by choosing to use weaker and older SoCS.

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 690; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Moto X4 is using SD 630 which has been in the market since last year.

2. Beijendorf unregistered

Maybe this is what Nokia waited for with their Nokia 7 model, hence why it hasn't been released yet. Same with the Nokia 9 and Snapdragon 836.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It should be fun using a handset with this mobile platform.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"and the Snapdragon 636 is expected to start shipping next month" and probably we'll only see 1-2 smartphones that actually use this p̶r̶o̶c̶e̶s̶s̶o̶r̶ Mobile Platform

6. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Cue people asking why SD630 devices didn't wait for the 636...

7. hamza2635

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Wondering what's next to Snapdragon 636 with Quick Charge 4.0: newsaboutphones.com/qualcomm-introduced-snapdragon​-636-quick-charge-4-0/

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