Qualcomm Introduces New Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform

October 17, 2017 – Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced a new mobile platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, designed to provide improvements to device performance, enhanced gaming and display technology support in comparison to the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 636 continues to build out the portfolio in Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon mobile platforms.

The Snapdragon 636 features the Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU, which delivers a 40 percent increase in device performance over the Snapdragon 630. The Snapdragon 636 also comes with support for modern ultra-wide FHD+ displays and Assertive Display, which optimizes the visibility of the display in all lighting conditions. Qualcomm TruPalette and Qualcomm EcoPix features are integrated in the Adreno Visual Processing Subsystem to support viewing experiences.  Lastly, the integrated Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU is designed to boost gaming and browsing performance by 10 percent as compared to the previous generation, supporting improved gaming experiences with lifelike visuals and efficient rendering of advanced 3D graphics.

The Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform uses a 14nm FinFet process and is pin and software-compatible with the Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, allowing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) already using these platforms to quickly and efficiently add Snapdragon 636 to their device lineups. It features the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, with peak download speeds of 600 Mbps that enable operators to provide faster download speeds to consumers; the 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP, which supports capture of up to 24 megapixels with zero shutter lag while supporting smooth zoom, fast autofocus and true-to-life colors for better image quality; and the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec, which supports Hi-Fi audio on the go, with up to 192kHz/24bit support and the ability to playback lossless audio files with low distortion and high dynamic range.

“The introduction of the Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform allows OEMs to enjoy a smooth transition from the Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms while supporting the deployment of superior functionality and performance to end users,” said Kedar Kondap, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Manufacturers can use the same modem and camera architecture to enable fast and efficient testing and calibration, cutting down on significant resources or time normally required when developing products on brand new platforms.”

The Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform is expected to ship to customers in November 2017.

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