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Snapdragon 650 vs Snapdragon 636

We compared the 6-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (Adreno 510) with the newer 8-core Snapdragon 636 (Adreno 509) SoC. Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • Announced 2-years and 8-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (14 versus 28 nm)
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Higher GPU frequency (~20%)
  • Performs 20% better in floating-point computations

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU - 62945
GPU - 24483
Memory - 30326
UX - 27466
Total score - 144926

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 48.4 Mpixels/s 75.3 Mpixels/s
Face detection 5.83 images/s 10.7 images/s
Speech recognition 16.5 words/s 20.45 words/s
Machine learning 10.7 images/s 15.45 images/s
Camera shooting 5.19 images/s 9.79 images/s
HTML 5 0.87 Mnodes/s 1.51 Mnodes/s
SQLite 221 Krows/s 410.2 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 636

CPU

Architecture 2x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A72
4x 1.4 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.6 GHz – Kryo 260 Silver (Cortex-A53)
Cores 6 8
Frequency 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 16 KB -
L2 cache 256 KB -
Process 28 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count 1 billion 2 billion
TDP 9 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 510 Adreno 509
Architecture Adreno 500 Adreno 500
GPU frequency 600 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 1 1
Shading units 128 128
FLOPS 153 Gigaflops 184 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 11.1 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR4
Memory frequency 933 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s -
Max size 4 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon V56 Hexagon 680
Storage type eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2560 x 1600 2340 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 21MP, 2x 13MP 1x 24MP, 2x 16MP
Video capture 1K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 1080p at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, VP8 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X8 X12
4G support LTE Cat. 7 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS

Info

Announced February 2015 October 2017
Class Mid range Mid range
Model number MSM8956 SDM636
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 official site

Cast your vote

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Total votes: 39

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