Last month, leading mobile chipmaker Qualcomm introduced three new SoCs – Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439, and the Snapdragon 429. The most powerful of the three new chips, the Snapdragon 632, succeeds the Snapdragon 630, which was announced last year alongside the Snapdragon 660. While no smartphone powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 has been announced so far, the first benchmark scores of the mid-range SoC have appeared on the Geekbench database, showing an impressive improvement in benchmark performance compared to its predecessor.
Snapdragon 632: Geekbench Listing Shows a Good Performance Improvement over its Predecessor
The Snapdragon 632 benchmark listing reveals a single-core score of 1377 points and a multi-core score of 5247 points. Its predecessor, the Snapdragon 630, manages a score of around 880 points in the single-core test and around 4200 points on average in the multi-core test. When it announced the Snapdragon 632 last month, Qualcomm had claimed that the chipset delivers 40% higher performance when compared to the Snapdragon 626. While the CPU performance certainly seems to be impressive, graphics performance isn’t expected to be as impressive. Instead of an Adreno 508 GPU used on the Snapdragon 630, the Snapdragon 632 comes with a higher-clocked Adreno 506 GPU.
The Geekbench listing also reveals the Snapdragon 632 was tested on a device featuring 6GB of RAM and running on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. We expect the first batch of devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 chipset to start hitting the market in the coming weeks.
Snapdragon 632: Specifications
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 uses four performance-oriented Kryo 250 cores and four efficiency-oriented Kryo cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz. It is manufactured on a 14nm FinFET process, just like the Snapdragon 630. As we mentioned above, the Snapdragon 632 comes with an Adreno 506 GPU that is said to be around 10% faster than the Adreno 506 GPU found on the popular Snapdragon 626 chip. The Snapdragon 632 also comes with a Qualcomm Hexagon 546 DSP with support for up to 24-megapixel resolution single cameras and up to 13MP dual-camera setups with hybrid autofocus, zero shutter lag, optical zoom, and real-time bokeh. When it comes to video, the Snapdragon 632 can capture up to 4K Ultra HD videos at 30 fps and Full HD 1080p videos at up to 120 fps. Connectity-wise, the chipset comes with an integrated 11ac Wi-Fi + WCN3980 companion chip that offers peak speeds of 364 Mbps. Thanks to an integrated Snapdragon X9 LTE modem, the Snapdragon 632 can support peak download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and peak upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Some of the other connectivity features supported by the chipset include Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS.
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