Yesterday Qualcomm has announced a new powerful SoC for midrange phones: the Snapdragon 636: according to new rumors, it should be inside an upcoming phone from the Xiaomi Redmi series. The SoC in question is an octa core made with a 14 nm production process. It is composed of Kryo 260 custom cores which can run at a max frequency of 1.8 GHz. According to Qualcomm, this chipset will deliver 40% more performances if we compare it with its predecessor Snapdragon 630.
So, this SoC is expected to replace Snapdragon 625 and 630 in the best midrange phones from 2018. From what a leaskter has suggested on the microblogging platform Weibo, a Xiaomi Redmi phone may be the first to sport this processor. This SoC supports full displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and recently an image leak showed an alleged Redmi Note 5 with a full display. This lets us think that Redmi Note 5 may pack this processor under the hood. The leakster is @grass grass grass, a known guy on Weibo, but we are not talking about any official info. The company is expected to launch the Redmi Note 5 in two different versions: one with a SoC from MediaTek and one with a processor made by Qualcomm.
The first is expected to launch before the end of 2017, while the second one should be launched in Q1 2018. Just to remind you, Snapdragon 636 will start shipping from November, so we will not see phones with this SoC on the market before Q1 2018. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is expected to sport a full screen display with a 5.5 inch size and a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It may arrive in more than one configuration with different quantities of RAM and internal storage. On the rear side there may be a dual camera setup, and you can also expect a big battery inside.