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Complete Guide to Snapdragon Processors : Each Processor Explained

How each processor differ ?

One of the biggest names in mobile CPUs is Qualcomm . If you’ve buy a smartphone in the past five years, you’ve most likely to hear the term Snapdragon at some point. Snapdragon is the moniker Qualcomm has adopted for the mobile arm of its processors. And while Qualcomm makes many other mobile chips, but Snapdragon is the one of the main thing you should keep your eyes on.

The processor is the main componet of a phone that dictates a wide variety of compatible features. CPU dictates Processing speed, download/upload speed, camera resolution, connectivity standards, and charging etcetra . This means is that a modern phone’s CPU dictates the quality of its components.

Never forget that because a chip supports a technology does not necessarily mean that a phone comes with it. It simply means that the processor could handle such technology.

For example, the new Snapdragon 845 supports the 801.11ad wireless standard, but no OEM makes a phone with that technology.

Overview of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors

To mention there are four main tiers of Snapdragon processors, each comes with its own set of properties and features. Just for the purpose of this guide we have picked the most recent models, dating back to mid-2015.


Premium Tier

Qualcomm premium-tier mobile processors with multi-core CPUs can expand the possibilities of connected computing and represent the ultimate in performance, power efficiency and 4G LTE connectivity.

 

The Snapdragon 800 series – Premium-tier is the cream of the processor crop. It represents the fastest available processing speed,the best possible camera support , and the bleeding edge of connectivity potential. For most US-sold flagship smartphones, this is the alpha and omega of mobile processors.

Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 821
Announced: December 2017Announced: November 2016Announced: July 2016
2.8GHz Octa-Core2.45Ghz Octa-Core2.4Ghz Quad-Core
Adreno 630 GPUAdreno 540 GPUAdreno 530 GPU
1.2Gbps/150Mbps down/up1Gbps/150Mbps down/up600Mbps/150Mbps down/up
up to 32MP single or 16MP dual cameraup to 32GB single or 16GB dual cameras28MP single or 13MP dual camera
Quick Charge 4+Quick Charge 4Quick Charge 3
Bluetooth 5Bluetooth 5Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ad WiFi 802.11ac/801.11ad WiFi802.11ac/801.11ad WiFi
Ex: Samsung Galaxy S9/Plus, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2SEx: LG V30, HTC U11, Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5TEx: OnePlus 3T, LG G6, Google Pixel

700 Series

New Series Designed to Allow Global OEMs to Deliver Premium Features, such as On-Device Artificial Intelligence, in High-Tier Smartphones and Meet Ever-Increasing Demands of the China Smartphone Ecosystem for More Premium Devices

 

This newly-announced series of processors doesn’t yet come into any particular category, it is intended to fill the gap between the feature set of the 800 Series and the affordability of the 600 Series. This series will focus on battery performance, bringing AI, and Camera features from the 800 Series of processors. While no phones are currently available using this series, and no individual processors have been announced, we can expect to see phones launching with the 700 Series in the next year or so.


High-Tier

Qualcomm high-tier mobile processors are designed for performance, efficiency and versatility…

High-Tier processors are featured on a wide range of smartphones. Most higher-end smartphones in the US will come with the more powerful Premium-Tier (800 series) processors,as Qualcomm’s label would seem to indicate strong performance. There are two “sub-tiers” of the 600 series – those between 600 and 649, and those above 650. As we can see below, the 636 has more modern connectivity standards and Quick Charge, despite featuring a lower clocked processor than the 653.

Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 653
Announced: May 2017 Announced: October 2016
Adreno 512 GPU Adreno 510 GPU
2.2GHz Octa-Core1.95GHz Octa-Core
Up to 24MP single or 16MP dual-camera up to 21MP single or 13MP dual camera
600/150Mbps down/up300/150Mbps down/up
Bluetooth 5 Bluetooth 4.1
Quick Charge 4.0 Quick Charge 3.0
802.11ac WiFi802.11ac WiFI
Ex: ASUS ZenFone 4, Nokia 7+
Ex: Vivo X9s Plus
Snapdragon 636 Snapdragon 630
Announced: October 2017
Announced: May 2017
Adreno 509 GPUAdreno 508 GPU
1.8GHz Octa-Core2.2GHz Octa-Core
up to 24MP single or 16MP dual camera up to 24MP single or 13MP dual camera
600/150Mbps down/up 600/150Mbps down/up
Bluetooth 5Bluetooth 5
Quick Charge 4.0Quick Charge 4.0
802.11ac WiFi802.11ac WiFi
Ex: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5Ex: Moto X4

 


Mid-Tier

Mid-tier processors support the most popular smartphone features of the day.Mobiles embeded with these procecssors are bought often because Power and specifications are not the focus in these processors, merely bringing compatibility to as many features as possible. The Snapdragon 450, 435, and 430 are examples of modern Mid-Tier processors. As we can see below, the three models have only slight differences. But in some instances – like the 450’s support of dual cameras or the 430’s low down/up speed – it can make a drastic difference in feature set for phones.

Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 435 Snapdragon 430
Announced: June 2017
Announced: February 2016
Announced: September 2015
Adreno 506 GPUAdreno 505 GPUAdreno 505 GPU
1.8GHz Octa-Core1.4Ghz Octa-Core1.4GHz Octa-Core
up to 21MP camera/13MP dual cameraup to 21MP camera up to 21MP camera
300/150Mbps down/up 300/150Mbps down/up150/75Mbps down/up
Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge 3.0Quick Charge 3.0
802.11ac WiFi802.11ac WiFi802.11ac WiFi
Bluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.1
Ex: ZTE Blade V9 Ex: LG Q6+, ZTE Blade Z MaxEx: ZTE Blade V9 Vita

 


Entry-Level

Qualcomm entry-level mobile processors are designed for OEMs…to gain access to quality, affordable, reliable mobile devices.

Entry-level processors support lower download and upload speeds, less processing power, and older connectivity standards for WiFi and Bluetooth. They feature heavily phones at this point, or very low-end smartphones. Currently the only modern Entry-level processor made by Qualcomm is the Snapdragon 212 – preceded by the 210, back in 2014. For the most part, true smartphones on the market won’t be using Entry-level processors; they’ll feature Mid-Tier and above.These are very rare to buy now a days.

Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 653
Announced: May 2017 Announced: October 2016
Adreno 512 GPU Adreno 510 GPU
2.2GHz Octa-Core1.95GHz Octa-Core
Up to 24MP single or 16MP dual-camera up to 21MP single or 13MP dual camera
600/150Mbps down/up300/150Mbps down/up
Bluetooth 5 Bluetooth 4.1
Quick Charge 4.0 Quick Charge 3.0
802.11ac WiFi802.11ac WiFI
Ex: ASUS ZenFone 4, Nokia 7+
Ex: Vivo X9s Plus
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