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Snapdragon 636 vs 626 | Year 2018 chip vs 2016

In the ring we have last to last year Snapdragon 626 and 2018 Snapdragon 636, lets see who wins

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After the launch of Vivo v9, there were lots of comparison searches for Vivo v9 and Redmi note 5 pro, but there was no processor comparison in between. So that’s why I am comparing both the chipset “636 and 626” with each other to help you choose the best.

In 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm introduced its low- and mid-tier Snapdragon SoC lineup, including the Snapdragon 427, 626, and 653. And in 2018 Snapdragon 636 just made its debut with the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

 

Snapdragon 626

The Snapdragon 626 is a “Pro” version of the Snapdragon 625 which was launched in 2016 at 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. Snapdragon 626 was built on a 14nm technology to power premium experiences in high-tier smartphones without draining the battery. Looking at the spec sheet, it has a Cortex-A53 CPU clocked a 2.2 GHz combined with Adreno 506 GPU.

Snapdragon 626 specifications

  • 14nm FinFET process-based
  • Quick Charge 3 support
  • The maximum resolution supported is FHD+ or 2160×1080 pixels and  WUXGA
  • The CPU is 8 core Cortex-A53 @ 2.00GHz / 2.20GHz along with the Adreno 506 GPU.

Snapdragon 626 supports Bluetooth 4.2. The Snapdragon 626 also supports Qualcomm’s TruSignal antenna boost technology, which optimizes reception in weak signal strength conditions and from the attenuation that occurs when holding a phone.

  • Supports Dual ISP, 24MP camera with enhanced autofocus
  • Video recording is available in 4K at 30 fps. 4K video playback is also supported.
  • X9 LTE modem
  • Ram supported is LPDDR3
  • It supports USB 3.0
  • Bluetooth 4.2 supported
  • Wifi -11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) Up to 433 Mbps

Snapdragon 636

Snapdragon-636 just made its debut with the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Snapdragon-636 is built on 14nm. Its a slightly lower variant of Snapdragon-660. Looking at the in-depth most of the specifications are same, the main difference is the clock frequency of Kyro cores and the GPU.

Snapdragon 636 specifications

  • 14nm FinFET process-based
  • Quick Charge 4 support
  • The maximum resolution supported is FHD+ or 2160×1080 pixels, and is optimized for Full HD+ 18:9 displays.
  • The CPU is Kryo 260 with eight cores, clocked up to 1.8 GHz along with the Adreno 509 GPU.

According to the Qualcomm – The Kryo 260 with eight cores and Adreno 509 provides up to 40% higher performance than the Snapdragon 630’s processor.

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  • Support either one 24 MP camera or two cameras with up to 16 MP sensors with the Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP.
  • Video recording is available in 1080p at 120 fps or 4K at 30 fps. 4K video playback is also supported.
  • Bluetooth 5 and faster Wi-Fi with 11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) Up to 867 Mbps.
  • Supports Type-C with compatibility for USB 3.1
  • X12 LTE modem.
  • Both SIM cards can support LTE.
  • Supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM clocked at 1333 MHz.

Comparing Snapdragon 626 with 636

Processor and Graphics comparison

Snapdragon 626 has all 8 cores running at 2.2 GHz, 636 packs an octa-core Kyro 260 CPU setup along with the Adreno 509 GPU. SD636 is optimized for Full HD+ 18:9 displays whereas Snapdragon 626 supports QUXGA (1920 x 1200) at 60 fps max. Snapdragon 636 GPU is more than 60% powerful than of 626.

Ram Comparison

Snapdragon 626 supports single-channel LPDDR3 RAM running at up to 933 MHz. Snapdragon 636 supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM clocked at 1333 MHz. In simple words, Snapdragon 636 is far better and fluid at RAM management.

Antutu Benchmark Scores

Snapdragon-636 110000
Snapdragon-626 66000

GeekBench Scores

Single Core Multi-Core
Snapdragon-636 1378 4939
Snapdragon-626 925 4481
Conclusion

Snapdragon 636 beats 626 in each aspect, CPU, GPU, Image Processing, RAM, Charging.

If we look at the overall score Snapdragon 636 is having double the power of the 626. So in 2018 skip any 626 devices and grab ether Snapdragon 636 powered device or 660 powered by mid-tier range.

If you want a comparison in between Snapdragon 660 and 636 click here.

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636 is Powerful

Snapdragon 636 is much better than 626

Snapdragon 636 is double in performance and gaming in comparison with the 626.
Snapdragon 626 is a 2016 processor and Snapdragon 636 is an early 2018 processor. Snapdragon 636 has Adrino 509 GPU as compared to 506 in Snapdragon 626. Adrino 509 is 60% more powerful than 506

  • Snapdragon 636 As compared to 626

If you are buying a smartphone in 2018 in the mid-budget segment, either choose a Snapdragon 660 or 636 powered smartphone, skip 626 powered smartphones.

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