Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 636 chipset with support for 18:9 displays

Qualcomm has announced a new addition to its mid-range chipset range that brings with it support for ‘ultra-wide’ FHD+ displays.

The Snapdragon 636 platform supports the extra-tall 18:9 displays that are now becoming common in devices like the LG G6 and V30, Google Pixel 2 XL and the latest Samsung premium handsets. These displays, titled somewhat counter-intuitively by Qualcomm, feature a roughly 2160 x 1080 resolution.

Qualcomm also notes the displays will feature ‘Assertive Display,’ the company’s technology for optimization in “all lighting conditions.”

Additionally, the chipset promises a 40 percent increase in device performance over the Snapdragon 630 (which powers devices such as Asus’ ZenFone 4), due to its use of Kryo 260 ARM cores, rather than the generic ARM Cortex A53 CPU cores in its aforementioned predecessor.

The platform also stocks the Adreno 509 graphics processing unit, which Qualcomm says will deliver a browsing and gaming performance improvement of about 10 percent compared to the previous generation.

The 636 features an X12 LTE modem with peak download speeds of 600Mbps, and camera technology that supports capture of up to 24 megapixels.

The Snapdragon 636 is shipping to manufacturers in November 2017. Since the company says the pin layout for the 636 is the same as for the 660 and 630 before it, OEMs using the chipset should be able to produce devices without major design changes, meaning extra-tall handsets with the 636 will likely arrive on the market fairly soon.