Xiaomi was the first smartphone brand to make use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, and it was used inside the Redmi Note 5 Pro (review). Later, the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 (review) and the Meizu E3 used the Snapdragon 636. Now, we’ve stumbled upon possibly a new smartphone from Xiaomi that appears to use the yet unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 638 processor.
The Xiaomi smartphone with codename “Valentino” has surfaced in Geekbench results, and the processor used inside the phone is labelled SDM638, and has an octa-core CPU with a base frequency of 1.44GHz. If the listing is not fake, we could see the announcement of the Snapdragon 638 in the future. It looks like the phone is also using 6GB RAM and running Android 8.1 Oreo. The device has managed to score 1485 points in Geekbench’s single-core test and 5440 points in the multi-core test.
The single-core score of 1485 points is higher than the single-core score of devices equipped with the Snapdragon 650 processor and slightly lower than the single-core score of devices with the Snapdragon 820 chipset. There is a possibility that the Snapdragon 638 is a higher-clocked variant of the Snapdragon 638. Going by the model number, and the specifications of the Snapdragon 636, we can assume that the chipset comes equipped with at least two high-end Kryo CPU cores and the remaining CPU cores could be lower clocked Kryo cores or Cortex-A55 CPU cores. The chipset could also be equipped with Adreno 509 or higher GPU.
Qualcomm has released higher-clocked variants of the same processors in the past with different names: Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 653 as well as Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 626. So, we can’t rule out the possibility of Qualcomm repeating the same with Snapdragon 636 and its higher clocked variant in the form of the Snapdragon 638. Qualcomm also recently announced the Snapdragon 700 series of chipsets. The first processor in the new series could be named the Snapdragon 710, and it is reportedly just a rebadged Snapdragon 670, probably with a newer fabrication process.