Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 vs Snapdragon 636: What's the Difference

Namrata Gogoi

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 boasts of some incredible features such as Kryo 260 cores at its heart and a 14nm process node and is a great chipset at both — efficiency & power management. Thought the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 was the most popular mobile processor in the 600-series, it has now been replaced by the Snapdragon 636.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Vs Snapdragon 636 2

2018 also saw a new addition to the 600-series family — the Snapdragon 632. Launched as a successor to the Snapdragon 630 chipset, the 632 brings a performance boost by introducing big cores.

If you can recollect, the Snapdragon 636 made a debut as the successor to the Snapdragon 630. So, now this brings us to an important question? What's the difference between these Snapdragon 630 successors?

Well, let's find out.

Specifications That Matter

PropertySnapdragon 632Snapdragon 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

Performance Improvements

The Snapdragon 636 is often considered the second highest performing SoC in the 600-series, right after the Snapdragon 660. The highlight of this processor is its 14nm process node and the Kryo 260 processing cores.

Arm Cortex A53

The combination of the performance cores and efficiency cores in the Kryo architecture is responsible for better performance, low latency, and improved task-sharing capabilities.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 632 bundles Kryo 250 processing cores. Though both chips use the same combination of Cortex A73 performance cores and Cortex A53 cores, they have different CPU clock frequency. Instead of being clocked at 2.2GHz, the Snapdragon 632 runs at 1.8GHz clock speed.

Snapdragon 636 Powered Zenfone Max M1 2

The Adreno 509 GPU is said to provide a 10% boost when compared to its predecessor, the Adreno 508 GPU. This difference would eventually come into play during serious high-res gaming.

We pitted two phones powered by the Snapdragon 632 and the Snapdragon 636 respectively, and following are the results in terms of benchmark scores. And well, the numbers speak for themselves.

Snapodragon 636 Vs 632 1
Snapodragon 636 Vs 632 2
PropertySnapdragon 632Snapdragon 636
NameSnapdragon 632Snaprdragon 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

The Camera Game

Both the chipsets sport almost similar specs when it comes to the camera. The Snapdragon 632 can support a dual camera setup up to 13-megapixel and a 24-megapixel single camera on the front fascia.

Snapdragon 636 Powered Zenfone Max M1 1

However, those are not the only differences between the two. The Snapdragon 636 houses a better and upgraded Image Signal Processor (ISP) and Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The 636 comes equipped with Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP (designed to support higher camera performance) and Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP (for active depth mapping).

Zenfone Max Pro M1 12
Captured on ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1

At the same time, the newer Snapdragon 632 comes with the Hexagon 546 DSP and a standard dual ISP. Hence, it doesn't take much to decipher which of these two will produce better results.

We will update the post with images from a Snapdragon 632-powered phone as soon we get our hands one one.

Connectivity & Charging Technology

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 comes with the X9 LTE modem with maximum download speed up to 300Mbps. Quite naturally, the Snapdragon 636 has a slightly better LTE modem (X12 LTE modem) with download speed up to 600Mbps.

Phone 1503703 640

When it comes to fast charging technology, the Snapdragon 636 supports the newer Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0, and the newer Snapdragon 632 equips Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Naturally, you'll get faster charging speeds with QC 4.0. Qualcomm claims that with QC 4.0, you can get five hours worth of battery life by charging for five mins.

Quick Charge 4 0 1

Overall, the specs of both chips look great on paper. However, real-life performance is much different since most phone manufacturers do not include the latest charging techniques and other implementations.

Wrapping It Up

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 almost seems to be at par with the Snapdragon 636 when it comes to the benchmark scores, with marginal differences in individual CPU and GPU scores. There are small differences between the two and they make a significant impact on the overall performance — such as the use of an older GPU, LPDDR3 RAM in the Snapdragon 632.

In a nutshell, we can say that the Snapdragon 632 is a lighter version (or underclocked) version of the Snapdragon 636. So, if you are already in a smartphone powered by a 600-series processor (baring the Snapdragon 660), the ideal choice would be a Snapdragon 636-powered phone.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.