Qualcomm has just introduced the Snapdragon 636 at the annual 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong. As the name shows, this is more of an incremental update over the Snapdragon 630, also launched this year. The Snapdragon 636 promises a substantial 40% performance improvement over its predecessor and 10% better gaming experience with better rendering of 3D graphics. The chip now has a slightly better Adreno 509 GPU. The 40% bump is all thanks to the inclusion of Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU in the new chip.
The chip created with the 14nm FinFet process is bigger than the Snapdragon 835, but uses similar processes to the Snapdragon 660 and 630. This means that manufacturers using these old chips can easily switch to the new one just announced without any loss of features.
The most notable increments in the new chip come in the form of support for 18:9 aspect ratio displays and Full HD + resolutions. Also integrated into the Adreno Visual processing this time is Qualcomm’s TruPalette and EcoPix features. Qualcomm has fitted in an X12 LTE modem in the new piece of silicon that promises speeds of 600 Mbps.
For better cameras, the new 14-bit Spectra 160 ISP will now support up to 24 MP cameras without shutter lag. This will also open the doors to features like smooth zoom fast autofocus, and accurate colours in mid-range handsets. Lastly, a new Aqstic audio codec is also included that will allow Hi-Fi audio on-the-go. Qualcomm also said the new chipsets are Quick Charge 4.0-ready.
The new chipsets start shipping next month and we can expect devices with this new chip in 2018. The Snapdragon 636 is, in short, the replacement for the Snapdragon 625 in 2018.
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