Snapdragon 650 MSM8956 Specifications and Overview

Release: February, 2015


This chipset has 2x ARM Cortex A72 + 4x ARM Cortex A53 CPU(s). It belongs to the mid-level category of chipsets that can/cannot easily run most apps out there. The lower clocked CPU is used under battery saving conditions while both of them may be activated under extreme workloads such as gaming, benchmarking or multitasking but it depends on whether App will effectively use all the CPUs or not.

Number of Cores

This System on Chip has 6 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It can provide high levels of performance with maximum efficiency for today's apps and multitasking. Cores of an SoC have a great impact on the performance as they determine the how the workload is distributed across the chipset as well as the maximum number of apps that can run without stuttering on the smartphone/tab etc.


This SoC was built on Hexagon architecture which was released in 2006.


This SoC was built on 28nm lithography which results in efficient performance.

Maximum Camera Support

This SoC can effectively support a 21MP camera at max indicating that it is mostly used on mid-high level mobile devices.


This processor has 64-bit support.
64-bit support allows an SoC to manage more data along its bus width and allow more quantity of RAM to be paired with the chipset. Apps also run more easily and efficiently on 64-bit processors.


This chipset has Adreno 510. It has OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12 API(s) running on it resulting in reduced overheads and smooth graphical performance within games and movies. Graphically demanding apps will/may not run properly on this SoC.


Most popular phones using this chipset are Sony Xperia X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 pro etc.

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