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Snapdragon 660 and 630 Features
Well, when these chips were launched the manufacturer announced they come with a number of enhancements that will affect the performance. Let’s take a glance at the specs list.
Looking at the features doesn’t cut through the clouds. I mean we see changes, but we don’t get whether they are good or not. So let’s run them through AnTuTu benchmark.
The screenshot above showcases there is no big difference between the Snapdragon 630 and 625 single-core test. The same can be said about the CPU test. But the GPU performance improvement is obvious, about 40%. When it comes to the Snapdragon 660 and 653 comparison, the former one comes with an improved performance for sure. It is about 30% at a single-core test. The CPU and GPU performance has been enhanced a lot as well.
The main reason why the Snapdragon 630 doesn’t showcase greater improved performance is related to the architecture. Though its large cores’ frequency has been increased, the small cores’ frequency has been decreased. As a result, the overall performance is similar to the Snapdragon 625 performance. As for the Snapdragon 660, it uses a new Kryo independent architecture, that’s why its performance has been improved obviously. Finally, both chips come with the new Adreno 512 and 508 graphics cards. That’s why the changes are seen with the naked eye.
Snapdragon 660 and 630 Improvements
Now they support LPDDR4 memory.
The storage support has been switched to UFS2.0 instead of eMMC 5.1.
They support the latest Quick Charge 4.0 technology.
They use the new ISP and DSP for better camera effects. The Spectra 160 ISP makes the Snapdragon 660 support dual-camera and provides better shooting experience. As for the DSP, it’s more brutal. This is the same Hexagon 682 used in the Snapdragon 835.
The power consumption has been improved a lot. This has been a problem for the Snapdragon 625 and the phones powered with it. But this problem has been left in the past.
They support X12 LTE.
Finally, the Snapdragon 660 uses 14nm process node.
As the Snapdragon 630 and 625 run on the same 14nm process technology, the CPU performance remains almost the same. But thanks to a newer Adreno GPU, the graphics performance has been improved. Though this chip supports UFS2.0, LPDDR4, and QC4, we think it won’t be used on many high-end models.
Finally, for the Snapdragon 660, everything in this chip has been changed and enhanced. So it’s reasonable why it’s the way better than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 653. This is the main reason why the top brands will pack their mid-range flagships with this chip mainly.