So both the Snapdragon 636 and Kirin 659 are competing with other in the budget price range in India. The very popular Redmi Note 5 Pro has the Snapdragon 636 whereas Huawei’s Honor 7x is featuring its proprietary Kirin 659. Also, both these as both these processors are available in almost the same price range, we put the Kirin 659 vs Snapdragon 636 to see which one is better and powerful.
before getting started here’s a side-by-side specs comparison between both of these processors:
|Processor||Kirin 659||Snapdragon 636|
|CPUs||4 x 2.36GHz & 4 x 1.7GHz||8 x 1.8GHz|
|RAM||LPDDR3 at 1.033MHz||LPDDR4X at 1.900MHz|
|GPU||Mali T830 MP2 at 900MHz||Adreno 509|
|ISP||21 megapixels or 12 + 12||24 megapixels or 13 + 13|
|Video||H.265, 4K at 30 fps||H.265, H.264, 4K at 30fps, FullHD at 120fps|
|Connectivity||LTE category 6||LTE category 12|
Now that you’re done with the specs, let’s begin our comparison!
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Snapdragon 636, Deep Look
The Snapdragon 636 is the most powerful chip among the Snapdragon 600 series as of now! It’s built upon the 14nm technology which is super quick and is a great power saver. The Snapdragon 636 is also equipped with the very efficient Adreno 509 GPU which is capable of handling apparently every high-end game available in the market right now.
On some technical side of things, the Snapdragon 636 features the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem that is capable to pull out some really high speed of internet (up to 600mbps).
Here’s a summary of the capabilities of the Snapdragon 636:
- Great performance
- Highly power-efficient
- Supports high internet connectivity
- Can handle high-end games efficiently
Kirin 659, Deep Look
The Kirin 659 is a mid-range octa core processor. It’s built upon a slightly higher 16nm technology as compared to 14nm on the snapdragon 636. Making the Kirin 659 a bit less powerful and less battery efficient too. But won’t make a huge difference.
The Kirin 659 also features the ARM Cortex-A53 cores which are not much powerful. The Kirin 659 is equipped with Mali T830 MP2 at 900MHz GPU which is supposed to be weaker as compared to Adreno 509 on the Snapdrago 636.
here’s a summary of the capabilities of the Kirin 659:
- Power efficient
- Gaming is decent
- Under-powered GPU
- Weaker CORES
- High-speed internet capability
Now let’s talk about some numbers!
- Kirin 659 – 73416
- Snapdragon 636 – 113004
- Kirin 659 – 914
- Snapdragon 636 – 1338
- Kirin 659 – 3261
- Snapdragon 636 – 4864
After all the comparisons and scores, the Snapdragon 636 is the clear winner here. it’s better in almost every aspect as compared to the Kirin 659.