Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

Snapdragon 625 in great demand in smartphones average price category. Let's find out due to what is happening.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is one of the most popular mobile processors 2017. The best representatives of the smartphones average price category, such as 4x Xiaomi Redmi Note, Xiaomi Mi A1 Motorola Moto G5 Plus Lenovo P2, Asus ZenFone 3, Samsung Galaxy S7 Xiaomi Mi 2 Max work on it. The best selling smartphone India Redmi Note 4 also includes a Snapdragon 625. If you want to become the owner of one of these high-quality smartphones, you might be interested to know what performance does the processor.

first we'll look at specifications and compare the improvements of this chip compared to the previous model Snapdragon 617. Then look at the benchmark results of Snapdragon 625 and compare with other processors. Next, let's discuss the performance, the operation of the processor in games, the ratio of price and quality and energy efficiency. You will see the results in the popular benchmark AnTuTu and Geekbench on the basis of smartphones based on this processor. The comparison will be carried out with the Snapdragon models 617, 630, 650, 652, 430, 435, 450, 820 and 821. Will also be compared with MediaTek processors MT6750, MT6755, Helio X10, P10 Helio, Helio P15, Helio X20. Will not be forgotten and processors Samsung Exynos 7580, 7870 and Huawei Kirin 655 and 650.


  • Name: Snapdragon 625
  • Manufacturer: Qualcomm
  • Type: the mobile system-on-chip
  • Series: Snapdragon 600
  • release date: 2nd quarter of 2016
  • process Technology: 14 nm FinFET
  • processor Architecture: 64 bit
  • Number of cores: 8
  • Configuration: 8 cores Cortex-A53 with a clock frequency up to 2 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • GPU Frequency: 650 MHz
  • memory Type: single channel LPDDR3
  • Modem: Qualcomm LTE X9
  • Bluetooth Version: 4.1
  • USB: 3.0
  • Charge: Quick Charge 3.0
  • DSP: Hexagon 546
  • the image Processor: Dual-ISP
  • Maximum screen resolution: 1080p
  • Storage: eMMC 5.1
  • camera Resolution: up to 24 MP

the CPU, GPU and memory

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 625 11 Feb 2016 together with the models Snapdragon 435 and 425. Code name of the processor MSM8953. He became the first in the line of Snapdragon 600 on the technological process of 14 nm FinFET. Chip came out to replace Snapdragon 617, more subtle technological process allowed to solve the problems with overheating and trottling processors of previous generations. Although still used processing cores ARM Cortex-A53, the frequency increased to 500 MHz.

The next-generation processor Snapdragon 630 also runs on cores ARM Cortex-A53. The graphics chip Adreno 506 provides a stable gaming performance even after prolonged use. Its clock frequency is 650 MHz, it displays the image on a 1080p resolution. Snapdragon 625 only supports single-channel memory LPDDR3, which budget devices enough.

Modem, screen, camera and other functionality

Qualcomm X9 LTE is able to provide the speed of incoming connections up to 300 Mbit/C, outgoing up to 150 Mbps. Supports multiple SIM cards and VoLTE. Thanks to this processor is capable of delivering 1080p resolution, but it supports 4K. Uses standard Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 3.0. Also applies the digital signal processor Hexagon 546 technology-enabled Qualcomm All-Ways Aware. There is support for standard context NFC.

To the permanent file storage used eMMC 5.1 standard, maximum photo resolution can reach as high as 24 MP. For fast charging meets technology 3.0 Quick Charge, though only from the manufacturer of the device depends it will work or not. For example, the smartphone Redmi Note 4x does not support fast charging.


Benchmarks, проверяют в основном центральной и графический процессоры, а также оперативную память. Snapdragon 625 является не самым быстрым для процессора средней ценовой категории, но он входит в число лучшим образом оптимизированных. Результаты в тестах не высочайшие, но в реальной производительности он превосходит конкурентов. Обычно 8-core CPUs with Cortex-A53 type in the benchmark AnTuTu 40-50 thousand points, but in this case a higher clock frequency and process technology are allowed to cross the mark of 60 thousand points.


the graph shows the results smartphone Xiaomi 4X Redmi Note, Moto G5 Plus Lenovo P2, Asus ZenFone 3 and Mi 2 Max. All of them scored more than 60 thousand points. Lead Mi Max 2, although a difference of 2-3 thousand points is considered insignificant. Even if the same device to test twice, the results will be different. In this case, the results for 10-15 thousand points higher in comparison with devices on Snapdragon and MediaTek 617 Helio X10, 20 thousand higher compared to the Snapdragon 430 and 435. Device series processors Snapdragon 65X (650, 652, and 653) easily overcomes the mark of 75 thousand points due to more powerful graphics and processor cores ARM Cortex-A72.


Here's the results of the Snapdragon 625 is also worthy. In multithreaded performance with 4201 points leader Xiaomi Mi 2 Max, in second place is Samsung Galaxy C7. In single-core performance, the average result is slightly above 850 points. It is leading Galaxy C7 with assessment of 875 points, followed by Max, Xiaomi Mi 2 and Redmi Note 4x.


Performance системы на чипе определяется главным образом центральным процессором. Ядра Cortex-A53 не способны конкурировать с Cortex-A72 и Cortex-A73, но это не мешает каждодневной работе со смартфоном, вы вряд ли заметите разницу в скорости загрузки приложений, прокручивании меню и т.д. Технологический процесс 14 нм FinFET обеспечивает небольшой прирост производительности и экономит энергию.

energy Efficiency

Along with saving energy it reduces the incidence of throttle and the heating level. This increases autonomy and provides higher frame rates in games and videos. You can play for a longer time.


506 Adreno no problem coping with the games at 1080p resolution. Of course, the graphics chip here can't compare with Adreno 508 (630 Snapdragon), Adreno 510 (650/652/653 Snapdragon), Adreno 512 (Snapdragon 660), but its capacity is sufficient for such authorization.

The ratio of price and performance

The cost of smartphones based on this processor starts at $150 and can reach $400. Devices like Redmi Note 4X provide the best ratio of price and quality compared to devices like Samsung's Galaxy the C7 Pro. In each case, you need to look carefully at the specifications of the device. Models priced up to $300 on this processor are the most attractive purchase.

Other options

For the chip average price category there is a sufficient level of support for memory, modem, signal processor, and image processing, faster charging. In 2018 should be even more capable device on the Snapdragon processors 630 and 660.


  • Performance: 4
  • energy Efficiency: 4,5
  • Games: 4
  • the Ratio of price and quality: 4
  • Other features: 4

Final score: 4,4

Comparison with other processors

a comparison with the Snapdragon 617

As mentioned above, Snapdragon 617 is the predecessor of the Snapdragon 625. Here we use the technological process 28 nm, the productivity is lower because of the frequency of 1.5 GHz. There are problems with the throttle.

a comparison with the Snapdragon 630

This processor is a successor of the Snapdragon 625, the process and the number of cores has not changed. Clock speed increased to 2.2 GHz, resulting in performance slightly higher. Uses advanced graphics processor Adreno 508, faster X12 LTE modem, dual channel memory support LPDDR4 and fast-charge Quick Charge 4.0. This is a new CPU and the devices on it are scarce.

a comparison with the Snapdragon 650

Here we use a more powerful computational core Cortex-A72 and powerful graphics chip Adreno 510, but uses the old technological process 28 nm. After prolonged use, the processor heats up.

Compare Snapdragon 652

This processor is similar to Snapdragon 652, but has received two additional Cortex-A72. The problems with trottling here even more, resulting in some smartphones, like Coolpad Cool 1, after a long games can heat up to 50 degrees. So the Snapdragon 625 has the advantage due to thinner process technology.

a Comparison with the Snapdragon 430

This processor belongs to the budget range Snapdragon 400. Here are the eight cores Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 1.4 GHz. Modem, and the GPU is also weaker.

a comparison with the Snapdragon 435

Resembles Snapdragon processor 430, but got better modem and other minor improvements. He also made on 28 nm process technology and can not compete with models of 14 nm.

a comparison with the Snapdragon 450

Not long ago, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 450, which was the first in the line of Snapdragon 400 on the 14 nm process technology. It resembles a Snapdragon 625, but the clock speed it below, just below the result and performance.

Comparison with Snapdragon 820

This processor belongs to the top League, it uses a computational kernel Kryo and GPU Adreno 530, X12 LTE modem, Quad-channel memory LPRRD4. It is part of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi Mi 5 and OnePlus 3, among others. He also performed on the 14 nm process technology.

Comparison with Snapdragon 821

Этот чип напоминает Snapdragon 820, на 5% выросла производительность GPU. На нём работают такие смартфоны, как Xiaomi Mi 5s, OnePlus 3T, LG G6 and others. Of course, the Snapdragon 625 compare with him can not.

Comparison with MediaTek MT6750

This processor also uses eight cores Cortex-A53, but at a clock frequency of 1.5 GHz. It is made on the technological process 28 nm HPM, so energy efficiency it below. This chip is part of the smartphones Vivo V5 Oppo A59.

Comparison with MediaTek Helio P10

This processor also known as MT6755, he is also 8-core and also on Cortex-A53. Among smartphones, it is possible to call Lenovo K5 Note, Moto M, Oppo R9, Sony Xperia XA, Gionee M6. The maximum clock frequency is 2 GHz, process technology 28 nm HPC+. The developers claim that his efficiency is 30% higher compared to the HPC manufacturing process, but to 14 nm FinFET he does not hold. 506 superior to Adreno graphics chip Mali-T860, MP2 in Helio P10, so overall the Snapdragon 625 better.

Comparison with MediaTek Helio P20 (MT6757)

An improved version of Helio P10 with a clock frequency of 2.3 GHz, more advanced GPU and reduced power consumption thanks to the 16 nm process technology FFC. Among the smartphones based on this processor can be called Meizu ME2 and Sony Xperia XA1. There is support for LPDDR4 dual-channel memory, a graphics chip Mali-T880, MP2 slightly weaker compared to the Adreno 506. The CPU is a little faster, but the power consumption of the Snapdragon 625 below. Optimization Qualcomm is also a leader.

Comparison with MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795)

This processor belongs to the flagship series Chinese manufacturer on eight cores Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 2.2 GHz. Used process technology 28 nm HPM, the graphics chip PowerVR G6200 and dual-channel memory LPDDR3. The GPU is lagging behind in its capabilities from the Snapdragon 625.

Comparison with MediaTek Helio X20

10-core processor с тремя видами ядер: два Cortex-A72 2,2 ГГц, четыре Cortex-A53 1,85 ГГц и четыре Cortex-A53 1,4 ГГц. Используется технологический процесс 20 нм HPM и графика Mali-T880 MP4, двухканальная память LPDDR3. На бумаге это лучше, чем Snapdragon 625, но на самом деле это не так. Как и все процессоры MediaTek, этот не может похвастаться высоким уровнем оптимизации, наличие десяти ядер ещё сильнее усложняет ситуацию. В тестах smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 он отстаёт от Redmi Note 4x.

Comparison with Samsung Exynos 7580

8-core processor Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 1.6 GHz. Used in the production technological process 28 nm graphics Mali-T720 MP2, memory LPDDR3. This processor works Samsung Galaxy On8 and Galaxy J7. This is clearly weaker processor compared to the Snapdragon 625.

Comparison with Samsung Exynos 7870

The chip performance reminiscent of the Snapdragon 625 and also performed on the 14 nm FinFET fabrication process on the same eight cores Cortex-A53, but the frequency they have only 1.6 GHz. Applied graphics Mali-T830 and memory LPDDR3. This processor is running Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. Due to the higher clock frequency of the Snapdragon 625 little wins.

Comparison with HiSilicon Kirin 650

8-ядерный процессор Huawei на Cortex-A53 с частотой 2 ГГц. Используется графика Mali-T830 MP2 и память LPDDR3. energy Efficiency технологического процесса 16 нм FinFET почти не уступает 14 нм FinFET. Этот процессор можно найти в Huawei Honor 7 Lite. It is only slightly inferior to the Snapdragon 625.

Comparison with HiSilicon Kirin 655

Apply to smartphones Huawei Honor 6X and Honor 8 Lite. Here are all of the same eight cores Cortex-A53 have a frequency of 2.1 GHz on the 16 nm FinFET process technology. Also used a graphics chip Mali-T830, MP2 and again the Snapdragon 625 is slightly better.

Comparison with Xiaomi Surge S1

The first processor manufactured by Xiaomi, and it runs a smartphone Xiaomi Mi 5c. It applies a powerful graphics chip Mali-T860 MP4 and dual-channel memory LPDDR3. 8-core processor with two cores, the frequency reaches 2.2 GHz. The drawback of this system on chip is the use of the technological process 28 nm HPC. Thus, it performs better but consumes more power compared to the Snapdragon 625.


After this detailed comparison, you can understand why many smartphone manufacturers prefer the Snapdragon 625 in the segment of cameras the average of the category. Now available released instead of 630 Snapdragon, but it will take time before the device is widely spread. By the end of the year there should be more.