During the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm introduced the new Snapdragon 636, which is expected to ship to customers in November 2017. Additionally, the company also announced that 5G smartphones are coming in 2019.
In terms of features, the Snapdragon 636 features 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 superior viewing experiences. The integrated Qualcomm Adreno 509 GPU is said to boost gaming and browsing performance by 10 percent as compared to the previous generation.
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.
“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.”