Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 – Is this the new Budget King?

Qualcomm’s new budget Chipset, Snapdragon 636 aims be the new king of budget Chipset. Will this new Chipset replace the reliable Snapdragon 625?

Snapdragon 636, the new Budget King Chip?

I won’t bore with all the details, so I will just share the most important details of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, which is set to be a mainstream chip, replacing the Snapdragon 625.

I would have loved that the Snapdragon 660 be a mainstream chip, it is too expensive and I think that is one of the reason why most phone manufacturers didn’t go through with it.

Major improvements of the Snapdragon 636:

  • Markedly much faster performance (Antutu scores more than 100K points)
  • Much Efficient when it comes to multitasking and better heat management
  • Supports X12 LTE (up to 600Mbps download speed and 150Mbps Upload speed)
  • Adreno 509 (much better performance on gaming)
  • Supports Dual PD (Phase Detection) – removes delay in focusing
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dual Band Wireless ac (WCN3980)
  • Quick Charge 4 Supported


  • Slight decrease in battery life compared to the Snapdragon 625, but it isn’t that noticeable
  • As of recent, phones with this chipset is still pricey ($200 plus)

Currently, phones that have this chipset

  1. Asus Zenfone 5 at $429 Use Coupon: GBAsus5
    Snapdragon 636, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB

    Dual Camera, 19:9 Screen
  2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 at $229
    Snapdragon 636, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC
    18:9 Screen (2160 x 1080p), Dual Rear Cameras

Will the Snapdragon 636 finally replace the Snapdragon 625?

Hopefully, it seems like a fitting upgrade to a reliable chipset. Don’t get me wrong, the Snapdragon 625 still is a capable chip, but you have to admit, it is already outdated. From experience, the new Snapdragon 636 performs a lot better especially on heavy use, multitasking and gaming.

For now, phones that have this is still quite pricey, but in the coming months, I think those prices will go down.

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