Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Vs Snapdragon 660 Vs Snapdragon 636 – How Fast is the new SD 710?
Snapdragon series is a widely-popular and comes in most of the Android phones, ranging from flagship to more affordable devices.
From QSD8250 (first ever Qualcomm processor, released in November 2007) to SD845 processor, it has evolved a lot with time. Snapdragon processors nowadays are powerful, energy-efficient and more capable than ever.
To cater to a different segment of mobile devices, Qualcomm offers various chipsets. In this article, let’s look at the 3 latest upper mid-range processors from Qualcomm – SD 710, SD 660 and the SD 636.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Snapdragon 710 was announced by Qualcomm on 23 May 2018 and is the newest chip in the mid-range segment. Moreover, the company introduced Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series on 27 February 2018. Qualcomm nowadays like to call it’s processor as a mobile platform as it does much more than just computing tasks.
The new Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform comes with an array of new features & improvements apart from performance boost. Notably, the Snapdragon 710 is the successor to the Snapdragon 660 and offers faster performance.
What’s New in the SD 710
To start with, there is a new multicore AI Engine. As we are seeing a trend of AI-based camera applications and features in newer devices, new SD710 bids on overall improving the on-device AI applications.
Also, in order to obtain outstanding battery-efficient user experience, the Qualcomm Hexagon Vector Processor, the Adreno Visual Processing subsystem, and the Qualcomm Kryo CPU developed on ARM Cortex technology works together.
The processor comes with 8 Cores architecture and has a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz.
With SD710 Mobile Platform, it is now possible to capture still images of up to 32 megapixels and Ultra HD 4K videos with no shutter lag and with accelerated EIS.
Besides, it comes with the latest Adreno 616 GPU that has support for all the latest graphics APIs along with support for efficient rendering of advanced 3D graphics.
Also, it makes sure that now the graphics rendering is 35% faster along with 4K HDR playback.
Kryo GPU – The new SD710 consists of 10nm architecture in addition to optimization across six efficiency and two performance cores.
Quick Charge 4+ – Interestingly, Qualcomm seems quite serious about SD710, as far as its Quick Charge technology is concerned. With its new chipset, Qualcomm brings Quick Charge 4+ to the table. As the company claims, it will fast enough to provide over 30% battery enhancement over its predecessor.
Most importantly, QC 4+ charges the device from 0% to 50% in an astonishing 15 minutes.
Notably, Snapdragon 710 comes with new Spectra 250 Image Signal Processor and brings imaging experience to the compliant device like never before. This 2nd gen ISP allows for up to 40% lower power consumption while recording 4K Ultra HD videos, leading to more minutes of capture per charge.
Mobiles Using Snapdragon 710 processor :
- Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
- Vivo NEX A
- Mi MAX 3 (upcoming)
- Oppo R17 PRO
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Qualcomm announced Snapdragon 660 mobile processor along with Snapdragon 630 in May 2017. The former is the successor to the Snapdragon 653 and uses a 14nm FinFET manufacturing processor.
In comparison to the Snapdragon 710, which uses a 10nm architecture, Snapdragon 660 falls short since it has a 14nm architecture.
The SD660 comes with up to 30% higher graphics performance in comparison to its predecessor (SD 653). Also, it offers up to twice the LTE downlink speed (600 MBPS) Vs the SD653.
Further, it features an octa-core Kyro 260 CPU along with Adreno 512 GPU. Whereas, the SD710 utilizes a Kryo 360 CPU along with the Adreno 616 GPU.
Similarly, the SD 660 features an X12 modem, unlike SD710 which comes with a comparatively faster and more capable X15 modem.
Qualcomm Spectra™ 160 Camera ISP – Two 14-bit Image Signal Processors come with support for up to 24 MP single or 16 MP dual cameras in a device having Snapdragon 660 processor.
Although it is commendable to have such figures, it trails behind SD710’s Spectra 250 ISP which supports up to 32 MP single camera and up to 20 MP dual camera devices.
Another aspect where SD710 excel is display resolution. The Snapdragon 710 renders Quad HD+ panels while Snapdragon 660 is limited to Full HD (WQXGA) 2560 x 1200 displays.
Mobiles Using Snapdragon 660 processor :
- Vivo X21
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Mi Note 3
- Sharp Aquos S2
- Xiaomi Mi6X / Mi A2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
The Qualcomm SD 636 was announced on 17 October 2017. It is based on 14nm architecture and comes with Adreno 509 GPU for support up to FHD+ displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The processor comes with 8 Core architecture (Kryo 260) and has a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz for the performance cores. In Snapdragon 636, the maximum clock speed is set at 1.8 GHz, unlike the SD660 which can go up to a maximum of 2.2 GHz.
Similar to the SD660, SD636 comes with a Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP, which supports up to 24 MP single or 16 MP dual cameras in its devices.
Talking about peak download speeds through the cellular modem, both SD660 and SD636 offer the same speed of 600 Mbps, whereas in case of SD710 the peak download speed is 800 MBPS.
Mobiles Using Snapdragon 636
- Redmi Note 5 Pro
- Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
- Moto Z3 Play
Key Specs Comparison – Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Vs Snapdragon 660 Vs Snapdragon 636
|Specifications for the chipset||Snapdragon 710||Snapdragon 660||Snapdragon 636|
|Processing Technology||10 nm process, 64 Bit||14 nm process, 64 Bit||14 nm process, 64 Bit|
|Number Of CPU Cores||8 Kryo Cores (Octa -Core)||8 Kryo Cores (Octa -Core)||8 Kryo Cores (Quad-Core)|
|Performance Cores||2x cores||4x cores||4x cores|
|Energy Saving Cores||6x cores||4x cores||4x cores|
|The clock speed of Performance Core||Up to 2.2 GHz||Up to 2.2 GHz||Up to 1.8 GHz|
|Clock Speed Energy Efficient Cores||Up to 1.7 GHz||Up to 1.84 GHz||Up to 1.6 GHz|
|RAM Support||Dual-channel LPDDR4X up to 8 GB||Dual-channel LPDDR4||Dual-channel LPDDR|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Adreno 512||Adreno 509|
|Camera Support||Up to 32 MP Single, 20 MP Dual||Up to 16 MP Dual, 24 MP Single||Up to 24 MP Single, 16 MP Dual|
|Quick Charge Technology||Quick Charge 4 Plus||Quick Charge 4||Quick Charge 4|
|Bluetooth||5.0 Support||5.0 Support||5.0 Support|
|LTE Modem||X15 LTE||X12 LTE||X12 LTE|
|Year of availability||2018||2017||2017|
Benchmark Scores – SD 710 VS SD 660 Vs SD 636
Final Thoughts – How Fast is SD 710?
The SD 710 is roughly 10-15% faster based on the initial benchmark performance, and new phones like the Mi8SE may feel snappier in comparison to the Redmi Note 5 Pro or even the upcoming MIA2 (using SD 636 or SD 660).
With an ever-than-before rise in demand for mid-range phones among global audiences, the newly introduced processors fill the gap by optimizing the AI experiences and enhancing the overall performances.
Although the Snapdragon 710 chip is more capable than the Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660, it is no match to the company’s flagship Snapdragon 845 chip.
Among the three of the chipsets above, SD636 and SD660 share an array of similarities while the SD710 targets the upper mid-range segments by having an edge over the former two.
The SD710’s X15 LTE modem, Kyro 360 GPU, and all new Adreno 616 GPU trump what Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 offers to the table.
While the SD660 and SD710 will be more inclined to bring improved AI-specific features to the compatible devices, SD636 misses out on this part and sits below the former two.
Written By – Prateek Sharma
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