Qualcomm introduces three new chipsets - meet the Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425

The last time Qualcomm dropped any official news on us was in mid-December, when the Snapdragon 618 and 620 got renamed to 650 and 652 respectively in order to differentiate them from similarly-named, but inferior chips like the Snapdragon 615, 616 and 617. No renamings today, folks; actually, Qualcomm has some pretty interesting news for us. It was just announced that the Snapdragon family grows by three, as the chipset maker introduced the Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425. Let's delve in and see how these fare specs- and feature-wise!

Snapdragon 625


First of all, we have the 14nm Snapdragon 625, which is positioned as a successor to the Snapdragon 617. As any good successor should do, the 625 improves in a couple of rather important areas: Qualcomm says its power usage is 35% lower than the one of the SD617, which will provide longer battery life on equal grounds. Architecture-wise, the Snapdragon 625 is an octa-core, 64-bit Cortex-A53 chipset that can be clocked at over 2.0GHz. It is equipped with a speedy X9 LTE modem, which provides peak upload of up to 150Mbps. There is 4K video capture support in the SD625's specs sheet (yay!), but that's not all: the chipset works well with dual, up to 24MP rear, and up to 13MP front-facing cameras. Last, but not least, it is well-endowed in the graphics department thanks to the Adreno 506 GPU. 

Snapdragon 435


Next up comes the 28nm Snapdragon 435, another octa-core, 64-bit Cortex-A53 chipset which can be clocked at up to 1.4GHz. The highlight here is the integrated X8 LTE modem, which is a first for the Snapdragon 400 series of chips. This modem supports LTE Cat.7 - peak download speed of up to 300Mbps and peak upload one of no more than 150Mbps thanks to the 2x20 MHz carrier aggregation. The dual ISPs (Image Signal Processors) support cameras of up to 21MP. The SD435 will work flawlessly with any display, as long as its resolution is no bigger than 1080 by 1920 pixels. An Adreno 505 GPU takes care of graphics.

Snapdragon 425


Last in line, we have the most inferior among Qualcomm's new chips - the Snapdragon 425. It is a 28nm quad-core silicon with four Cortex-A53 cores that can't exceed a clock speed over 1.4Ghz. And that's fine, as the SD425 is viewed as a successor to the entry-level 410 and 412 chips. There's an LTE Cat.4 X6 LTE modem inside, delivering up to 150 Mbps download and no more than 75 Mbps upload speeds. We have an Adreno 306 GPU in this one, and devices equipped with it will have up to 16MP rear cameras. 

And now, after this barrage of specs thrown your away, comes the most important question -- when will these hit the market and make it to consumer-available devices? It seems that phone manufacturers will be able to play around with these new Snapdragons in mid-2016. Phones powered by them will hit the market in the second half of the year, Qualcomm says. 

Ball's in your court, MediaTek. 

Snapdragon 625Snapdragon 435Snapdragon 425
CPU8x ARM Cortex-A53, up to 2.0GHz8x ARM Cortex-A53, up to 1.4GHz4x ARMCortex-A53, up to 1.4GHZ
Manufacturing process14nm28nm28nm
ModemX9 LTE, LTE Category 7
(300 Mbps DL , 150 Mbps UL)
X8 LTE, LTE Category 7
(300 Mbps DL, 100 Mbps UL)
X6 LTE, LTE Category 4
(150 Mbps DL, 75 Mbps UL)
GPUAdreno™ 506 GPU , OpenGL ES 3.1+Adreno™ 505 GPU, OpenGL ES 3.1+Adreno™ 308 GPU, OpenGL ES 3.0
Video captureUp to 4K capture and playback,
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
Up to 1080p capture and playback,
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
Up to 1080p capture and playback,
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC)
CameraUp to 24 MP camera, Dual Image Sensor Processor (ISP)Up to 21 MP camera, Dual Image Sensor Processor (ISP)Up to 16 MP camera, Dual Image Sensor Processor (ISP)
MemoryLPDDR3 933MHzLPDDR3 800MHzLPDDR3 667MHz
StorageeMMC 5.1, SD 3.0 (SDCC)eMMC 5.1, SD 3.0 (UHS-I)eMMC 5.1

source: Qualcomm

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20 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

14nm Processor Die... WOW!!! Pentium 4 had a 180nm Die and it was considered TINY back then...!!! The smaller the die size, the less heat it generates and the less power it consumes... Wonder, if there will be 1nm Dies in future??? Or maybe even smaller???

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no... smallest size will be 7nm its possible to make 5nm, but it have chance to allow quantum tunnel to happen (actually its just an electron that jumping thru atom :-/) so 7nm is the safest bet

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

7nm will likely be where we have to switch from silicon to indium or carbon And 5nm will likely be when we switch from FinFETs to some other transistor type such as GAA FET (Gate-all-around) or nanowire That's the latest speculation, will be interesting to see what actually happens

19. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Qualcomm could have kept 400 series solely for quad-core SOC.

2. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Snapdragon 625 looking good. Midrange phones are catching up to flags reply quickly in terms of real life usage capabilities. This thing will probably be as good as the old 800 series but with a bunch of newer features. 6015 is Qualcomm's year to shine

10. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

The anticipation will kill me, what with having to wait 4,000 years.

20. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Faster then older 800 series, and 808 in cpu intensive tasks.

3. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

SD650 and SD652 - A72 cores, fast Adreno 510 and 28nm process. SD625, A53 cores, mediocre Adreno 506 - 14nm process. WTH Qualcomm?

7. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Qualcomm's nonsence lol

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea haha I think it's cause otherwise the 652 would perform too close to the 820 A 14nm 652 would actually perform better than the 820 in multi core tests

13. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

IKR!!!!.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I see this as a more power efficient 617 with USB 3.0. Nice...?

15. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

More power efficient but also noticeably faster.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

No LPDDR4 RAM for the SD625? Too expensive for midrangers :( ? Otherwise, the ISP muscle is decent.

6. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Even flagship SoCs haven't had LPDDR4 for long. Wait another year or two and Im sure they will get it.

9. ShadowHammer

Posts: 208; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I can see some confusion coming up with the SD625 and SD652 names. Pretty easy to transpose that 2 and 5. I wish they had picked model numbers that were a bit different. Nice to see more decent mid-range SoC options though.

11. Furbal unregistered

So the 625 should smoke the Helio x10 and provide better battery life? Sounds like a win. the X10 was more than powerful enough for affordable phones

12. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Really, yet another cortex A53 based chip? This is lame! The Cortex A5x-series (especially the A57) had such a bad reputation and yet they keep ditching garbage from the same family. Go away!

14. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

A57 is bad, it was never meant to be used in mobile devices (it was designed for microservers). A53 is absolutely fine, the speed is decent and it's very power efficient.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

A53 and A72 combo will be great..

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