Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 vs 625: Which is better?


Indeed, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 and the Snapdragon 625 make up the most of the entry-level to mid-range smartphones of today. They’re the powerful Mobile Platforms from the Qualcomm Inc. that we can access without emptying our pocket. But the fact is that both of them are almost similar with difference lying only in a few key areas and the time of the announcement. Let’s see how they stack up and which is better in comparison Snapdragon 450 vs 625.

Snapdragon 450 vs 625

Spoiler: Old is gold!

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 is younger than the Snapdragon 625. Precisely, the former was announced at MWC 2017, while the latter is here since Feb 2016. As you can deduce, the SDM 450 comes under Qualcomm’s 4 Series processors in which includes other mid-range SoC such as Snapdragon 435. Whereas the Snapdragon 625 is a member of Qualcomm 6 Series processors.

Well, that’s all about the general differences. Then coming to the spec wise difference between the SDM 450 and SDM 625, their clock-speed need to be discussed. The Snapdragon 450 uses the octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 implementation, with all eight A53 cores clocked at the 1.8GHz frequency. Although the Snapdragon 625 to consist of eight Cortex-A53 clusters, they’re clocked at higher base frequency – 2.0GHz. Literally giving performance improvements compared to the newer SDM 450.

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Moreover, the ability to take 4K videos @ FPS which the Snapdragon 450 ain’t is a leg-up for the Snapdragon 625. As you can see, in the paper the Snapdragon 625 is better than Snapdragon 450, however being a new chip it’s its own fair share of advantages. Such as Qualcomm will be delivering support for more period than the Snapdragon 625 which is a little bit older SoC.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 vs Snapdragon 625 Comparison Table.

Mobile Platform Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 625

March, 2017

February, 2017

CPU 4x A53 @ 1.8GHz

4x A53 @ 1.8GHz

4x A53 @ 2.0GHz

4x A53 @ 2.0GHz





GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
Encode/Decode 1080pH.264 & HEVC 1080pH.264 & HEVC
Camera & ISP Dual ISP 13MP + 13MP (dual)13MP + 13MP (dual)

24MP (single)

Qualcomm Clear Sight (Real-Time Bokeh)

Dual ISP 24MP
4K Video Recording No Yes, @ 30FPS
Modem X9 LTE Cat. 7 300Mbps DL, 150Mbps UL X9 LTE Cat. 7 300Mbps DL 150Mbps UL
USB USB 3.0 w/ QuickCharge 3.0 USB 3.0 w/ QuickCharge 3.0
Fabrication Process 14nm 14nm


To conclude, we can say that Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 performs better as it should as it belongs to the higher series processor. In fact, it’s quite odd to pit the 4-Series processor against the 6-Series processor. Nonetheless, since there is no price difference between the SDM 450 and SDM 625 powered devices, it’d be better for you to know their differences. Hopes you’d cleared the air regarding this topic and liked the post. So, which one you’d go in 2019 – the SD 450 or the SD 625? Don’t forget to comment.

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