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Snapdragon 636 vs Snapdragon 632

Qualcomm is one of the leading producers of processors in the world. The processors’ efficiency and performance have helped Qualcomm leave some of the most successful processor brands behind. Today, there are a variety of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors in the market. Two of these are Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 632. What is the difference between them? Which one is better? Read the article to find out.

Snapdragon 636 has an upgraded X12 LTE mode, while the 632 features the X9; 636 also has a better LTE peak download speed at 600 Mbps compared to 632’s 300 Mbps. In addition to these, Snapdragon 636 and 632 differ on the following six parameters.


Fabrication process

As the difference between the two processors’ cost is not significant, Qualcomm has managed to use the same fabrication process for both processors. Both of them use a14nm fabrication process. When the fabrication process is smaller, it can fit more transistors, and thus, we can experience better and more efficient performance.


CPU

Though there is a slight difference in the CPU, both the processors perform exceptionally well. While Snapdragon 636 has a slightly more optimised 8x Kryo 260 CPU that clocks up to 1.8 GHz, Snapdragon 632 sports an 8x Kryo 250 CPU that clocks up to 1.8 GHz. We can say that Snapdragon 632 is a lighter version of Snapdragon 636.

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GPU and Storage

Here comes the part where Snapdragon 636 takes a massive leap over Snapdragon 632. Snapdragon 636’s Adreno 512 GPU is much smoother and efficient than Snapdragon 632’s Adreno 506 GPU.

In terms of storage, while Snapdragon 632 supports LPDDR3 RAM, Snapdragon 636’s Dual Channel LPDDR4/4x 1333 MHz with eMMC 5.1 storage support ensures much more efficiency and speed.


Display and Camera

Snapdragon 632 sports a Full HD+ display while the other sports a better display with up to QHD and WQXGA display support. Snapdragon 636 also wins the camera and connectivity segment. It supports up to a 24MP single camera and a 16+16MP dual camera setup. Snapdragon 632 lags behind with up to 24MP single camera and 13+13MP dual camera setup support.

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Charging

Snapdragon 636 wins the charging segment with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 support. Whereas, Snapdragon 632 provides Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support which is significantly slower.


Benchmark scores

Snapdragon 636 leads the Antutu benchmark table with a score of 115,095 points (on Redmi Note 5 Pro), with Snapdragon 632 losing the battle with a score of 102,546 points (on Xiaomi Redmi 7).

CategorySnapdragon 636Snapdragon 636
Manufacturing Process14nm14nm
CPU8x Kryo 260 CPU up to 1.8 GHz8x Kryo 250 CPU up to 1.8 GHz
GPUAdreno 512Adreno 506
RAMLPDDR4/4x 1333 MHz with eMMC 5.1LPDDR3
ISP/CameraDual Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP up to 24MP and 16MP + 16MP dual cameraDual ISPs support up to 24 and 13+13 MP dual camera
DisplayUp to QHD and WQXGAUp to FHD+
 ChargingQualcomm Quick Charge 4.0Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Benchmark Score (Antutu)115,095102,546

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