Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636: Which Performs Better?

Snapdragon 675 chipset - Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636

The interesting specifications of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 include its Kryo 260 cores at its centre and a 14nm process mode. This chipset also scores top marks in efficiency and power management. Although the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 used to be the go-to processor in the 600 series, it has given way to the Snapdragon 636.

Another member of the 600 series family-the Snapdragon 632 was released in 2018 as a replacement to the Snapdragon 630 chipset. This chipset upgrades its performance via the addition of big cores.

If we take our minds back, the Snapdragon 636 was also released after the Snapdragon 630. With this mind, the question arises. Is there any difference between both chipsets? Let’s move further to find answers to our question with Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636 comparison.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636: Specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 636
Manufacturing Process14-nm14-nm
Architecture64-bit64-bit
CPU8x Kryo 250 CPU up to 1.8GHz8x Kryo 260 CPU up to 2.2 GHz
GPUAdreno 506Adreno 512 (Vulkan API)
RAMLPDDR3LPDDR4/4x
Display SupportUp to FHD+Up to QHD and WQXGA
CameraDual ISPs support up to 24 and 13+13 MP dual cameraDual Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP up to 24MP and 16MP
Video Capture and Playback4K Ultra HD @ 30 FPSUp to 4K UHD video capture @ 30 FPS
ChargingQualcomm Quick Charge 3.0Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
SecurityQualcomm Processor Security, Qualcomm Content SecurityHardware Token, Qualcomm Processor Security, Application Security, Smart Camera
ModemX9 LTE ModemX12 LTE Modem

 

The Snapdragon 636 has specifications that make it the second best SoC in the 600-series after the Snapdragon 660. The features which make the Snapdragon high performing SoC include a 14nm process node and the Kryo 260 processing cores.

A mix of both performance and efficiency cores in the Kyro architecture offers higher levels of performance, upgraded task delegation capabilities and a reduced time interval between the instruction for a data transfer to the actual transfer of the same data.

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Alternatively, Snapdragon 632 boasts of Kyro 250 processing cores. Although both chipsets utilize Cortex A73 performance cores and Cortex A53 cores, they record different CPU clock frequencies. Instead of running at 2.2GHz, the Snapdragon 632 clocks at 1.8GHz.

There are claims that the Adreno 509 GPU boosts performance by 10% when placed against the older Adreno 509 GPU. However, this theory will be tested during heavy usage of high-resolution games.

After observing two smartphones with Snapdragon 632 and Snapdragon 636, the following results as benchmark scores were recorded.

NameSnapdragon 632Snapdragon 636
Antutu Total Score102546115095
Antutu CPU Score5250656169
Antutu GPU Score1384520865
Geekbench (Single-core)12821342
Geekbench (Multi-core)47964914
3DMark (Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL)526930
3DMark (Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan)460756

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636: Camera Functions

When it comes to optics, both chipsets have features which share a little likeness. For one, Snapdragon 632 can perform well in a double camera set-up of 13MP and 24MP single sensor on the front panel.

But these are not the only differences between both chips. The Snapdragon 636 contains a better performing Image Signal Processor (ISP) and Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The 636 also has a Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP produced to offer better cameras and Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP, which supports active depth mapping.

On the other hand, the recent Snapdragon 632 offers a Hexagon 546 DSP and a regular double ISP. Thus, we can easily guess which of the chipsets wins this round.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636: Connectivity and Charging Technology

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 can reach download speeds of 300Mbps with the support of the X9 LTE modem. While the Snapdragon 636 proves a better chipset by having a download speed of up to 600Mbps, thanks to the stronger X12 LTE modem.

In the fast charging department, the devices with the Snapdragon 636 charge faster via the Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0. According to Qualcomm, devices with this feature get as much as five hours of battery life after five mins of charging. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 632 supports the newer Quick Charge 3.0.

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Ultimately, the features of both chipsets look interesting in theory. But performance under real-life conditions varies as many smartphone companies do not add the current charging methods and executions.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636: Final Thoughts

Looking at both chipsets, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 almost shares the same benchmark scores with the Snapdragon 636 while there were differences in the CPU and GPU scores of both chips. Factors such as the use of an older GPU, LPDDR3 RAM also has a significant effect on the performance of the Snapdragon 632.

Overall, we can call the Snapdragon 632 a variant of the Snapdragon 636 (with many features removed). Thus, if you are in the market for a device that runs a 600 series processor, you should consider buying a Snapdragon 636 phone based on its advantages listed above.

Posted by Abiodun Adewusi

Abiodun Adewusi is a freelance writer who lives in Nigeria. As a writer, he is passionate about providing content on technology helping people keep up with the latest trends. You can see some of his work on Medium and Ezine.

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