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[Discussion] Qualcomm Snapdragon Overview!

2018-07-28 07:06:32
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Hello Mi Fans!

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a very common word for Mi fans. Because currently in all device Xiaomi using Snapdragon Chipset. And for this reason we all are getting tests of a flagship chipset within a best price.

Qualcomm is one of the biggest names in mobile CPUs. If you’ve owned a flagship smartphone in the past five years, you’ve likely heard the term Snapdragon at some point. Snapdragon is the moniker Qualcomm has adopted for the mobile arm of its processors.

The processor that governs a phone dictates a wide variety of compatible features. Processing speed, download/upload speed, camera resolution, connectivity standards, and charging are all dictated by the CPU. What this means is that a modern phone’s CPU – much like a computer’s motherboard – dictates the quality of its components. Keep in mind that because a chip supports a technology does not necessarily mean that a phone comes with it.

There are four main tiers of Snapdragon processors, each with its own set of features and focuses. For the purpose of this guide we have selected the most recent models, dating back to mid-2015.

If you’re researching Qualcomm processors, this tier of Snapdragons is likely why you’re here. The Snapdragon 800 series – Premium-tier, if you ask Qualcomm – is the cream of the processor crop. It represents the fastest available processing speed, the bleeding edge of connectivity potential, and the best possible camera support.

  • Announced: December 2017
  • 2.8GHz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 1.2Gbps/150Mbps down/up
  • Up to 32MP single or 16MP dual camera
  • 802.11ad WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Quick Charge 4+
  • Ex: Mi 8,  Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

  • Announced: November 2016
  • 2.45Ghz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 1Gbps/150Mbps down/up
  • Up to 32GB single or 16GB dual cameras
  • 802.11ac/801.11ad WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Quick Charge 4
  • Ex: Mi 6

  • Announced: July 2016
  • 2.4Ghz Quad-Core
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 600Mbps/150Mbps down/up
  • 28MP single or 13MP dual camera
  • 802.11ac/801.11ad WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Quick Charge 3
  • Ex: Mi 5s

While this newly-announced series of processors. It is intended to bridge the gap between the feature set of the 800 Series and the affordability of the 600 Series. This series will focus on bringing AI, battery performance, and Camera features from the 800 Series of processors to the masses.

  • Announced: May 2018
  • Multicore AI Engine
  • 2.2Ghz Quad-Core
  • Adreno 616 GPU
  • 10nm LPP
  • Up to 32MP single 20MP dual-camera
  • 2x2 802.11ac with Mu-MIMO Peak Speed: 867 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Quick Charge 4
  • Ex- MI 8 SE ( First Phone used SD 710)

High-Tier processors are featured on a wide range of smartphones.  There are essentially 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.

  • Announced: May 2017
  • 2.2GHz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 600/150Mbps down/up
  • Up to 24MP single or 16MP dual-camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Ex:  Mi Note 3

  • Announced: October 2017
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • 600/150Mbps down/up
  • Up to 24MP single or 16MP dual camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Ex: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

  • Announced: May 2017
  • 2.2GHz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 600/150Mbps down/up
  • Up to 24MP single or 13MP dual camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Quick Charge 4.0

  • Announced: February 2016
  • 2.0GHz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 300/150Mbps down/up
  • Up to 24MP single or 13MP dual camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Ex: Xiaomi Redmi S2 ( First official device in Bangladesh)

Mid-tier processors support the most popular smartphone features of the day. 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.
  • Announced: June 2017
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 300/150Mbps down/up
  • Up to 21MP camera/13MP dual camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Ex: Xioami Redmi 5

  • Announced: February 2016
  • 1.4Ghz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 300/150Mbps down/up
  • up to 21MP camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Ex: Redmi 4x

  • Announced: September 2015
  • 1.4GHz Octa-Core
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 150/75Mbps down/up
  • up to 21MP camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • Ex: Xiaomi Redmi 4

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.

  • Announced: July 2015
  • 1.3GHz Quad-Core
  • Adreno 304 GPU
  • 150/50Mbps down/up
  • up to 16MP camera
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Quick Charge 2.0
  • Ex: Nokia 2

We can see that sometimes Xiaomi is the first user of this chipset. So the mid-range and flagship devices score and perform highest than other devices.

Share your view about your most fevorite Qualcomm SoC model with us in reply option.


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2018-07-28 07:06:32
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very important info for all users, thanks for sharing.
2018-07-28 12:55:22
Rayhan Hasan,
Super Moderator, Mi Community Bangladesh.

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Ekram Mahmud | from Redmi 5 Plus


thanks bro
2018-07-28 13:23:24

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Shahriar Zaman | from Redmi Note 5


Very Informative thanks for sharing
2018-07-28 18:22:05

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shiponz | from MI 5s


Thanks for sharing
2018-07-29 08:18:46
Thanks for the detailed review on Qualcomm chipsets
2018-08-13 13:57:59
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Istiaq Ahmed | from Mi Note 3


that's amazing... SD 845... love it
2018-08-23 11:16:59
Thanks for sharing this nice discussion with us.
2018-09-10 10:16:57
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Shah Md. Sultan
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1*056 | from Redmi S2


tnx for sharing
2018-09-19 00:48:07
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