Snapdragon 625 has been the most popular chipset this year when it comes to affordable phones. Manufacturers like Lenovo and Xiaomi have been clinging to it for their life, and tech community has put its unwavering trust in this particular mobile platform. But why is that?
Why is Snapdragon 625 this popular in mid-range phones?
This is the chipset that strikes the right balance between performance and battery efficiency. Besides manufacturers have learned to control well. Snapdragon 625 was the first mid-range SoC (system on chip) to be based on 14nm FinFET process. What this essentially means, is that the SoC can deliver high performance without injudiciously sucking up your battery. And that it won’t heat as much while doing so.
The platform includes 8 Cortex-A53 cores arranged in big.LITTLE configuration and both clusters are clocked at 2.0GHz. Graphics are handled by Adreno 506 GPU. Quick Charge 3.0 support, H.264 and HEVC decoding, and 24MP Dual ISP are other highlights.
Let’s list some of the best phones that are powered by Snapdragon 625 processor.
Moto G5s Plus
Motorola’s Moto G5s Plus (Review) looks stunning on the outside and employs the Snapdragon 625 under its metallic hood. The chipset is duly assisted 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. You can also add MicroSD support, but only if you use one SIM (Hybrid slot). Besides, the software is light and pure Android Nougat.
The G5s Plus also benefits from dual rear cameras. It combines a color sensor with a monochrome one and together the two can also shoot images with blurred background.
Vivo’s notched-display flagship, V9 (Review), is powered by Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, which is an incremental update to the Snapdragon 625. The chipset is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The handset also includes a dedicated card slot.
Other than that, the Vivo V9 runs the latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based software, has a 24MP selfie camera and dual rear cameras.
Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi Mi A1 (Review) is the biggest rage these days. After all, it isn’t every day that Xiaomi brings forth a stock Android phone, one where software updates will be handled directly by Google.
The Mi A1 has premium, slim metal unibody and is powered by Snapdragon 625 paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and that’s particularly impressive considering it’s under 15K price tag. This is also the only phone in its class that can offer 2X optical Zoom using dual cameras.
Moto G5 Plus
The Moto G5 Plus (Review) is an option you can consider if you are drawn towards compact mobile phones. With a 5.2-inch display, the G5 Plus is considerably smaller than the G5s Plus. It’s powered by Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage and also has a dedicated card slot.
Like all other Moto phones, this one too runs stock Android software. There are no dual camera frills to relish either, but that should be within bounds of being acceptable for anyone who’d rather have a more manageable and compact Moto.
10.or (pronounced as ‘Tenor’), brought in its second smartphone called the 10.or G (FAQ) in India, which is powered by Snapdragon 626 processor. This makes 10.or G the first smartphone to introduce a processor higher than Snapdragon 625 on a budget smartphone.
The smartphone is a powerhouse in terms of its feature and specification. It runs on the stock Android Nougat out of the box with a promised update to Android Oreo, feature dual-rear camera and a powerful front camera, a big battery support, and an ample storage to store all your files and data.
Asus Zenfone 3
Asus Zenfone 3 (Review) was one of the first phones in India to be powered by Snapdragon 625, but only recently it has come to be a ‘Value for Money’ proposition. You can consider Zenfone 3 for its excellent camera, especially for videography.
The handset flaunts a glass and metal body and also has a 5.2-inch full HD display variant as well. Other highlights include 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and Android Nougat based Zen UI software.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
For those who like to go big, Xiaomi’s Mi Max 2 with a 6.44-inch display is one of the best available options. It has a very slim full metal body with U-shaped antenna bands and is also powered by Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The software on the phone is Android Nougat based MIUI 9.
The Mi Max 2 does a fine job of being a big smartphone.
Redmi Note 4
The Redmi Note 4 (Review) is the cheapest phone to be powered by Snapdragon 625 chipset. The handset is available in different RAM and storage options with price starting at 9,999 INR.
This isn’t the best looking phone around, but there is a reason why it is still selling like hotcakes – It offers the best possible hardware at a more than reasonable price.
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro (Review), after making a global appearance, was launched in India. As the name suggests, this is a selfie-centric phone powered by Snapdragon 625 processor.
The full metal body phone also includes 4GB RAM and 64GB storage The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro comes with a 24-megapixel + 5-megapixel selfie camera arrangement.
Vivo V5 Plus
Vivo V5 Plus (Review), or the last generation Vivo flagship, comes with dual selfie cameras, a beautiful and slim full metal body. Of course, like all other phones in this list, this one too is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Using the two front cameras, you can shoot selfies with a blurred background to make the selfie subjects pop. The handset also has a fast and accurate fingerprint sensor mounted on the front.
Zenfone Zoom S
The first dual camera phone from Asus, the Zenfone Zoom S, has a 5.2-inch Full HD display and houses a massive 5000mAh battery. The phone has two 12MP shooters on the rear and one of these has a telephoto lens and is used for 2X optical zoom.
The handset is powered by Snapdragon 625 paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other features include HiFi audio support, fingerprint sensor, and a 13MP front selfie camera.
ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini S
The Nubia Z11 Mini S offers powerful hardware and a full metal body for a very reasonable price. The handset is quite compact with a 5.2-inch full HD display. It has got an impressive 23MP rear camera, 13MP selfie camera, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
So, if you are looking for a slim and compact phone powered by Snapdragon 625 processor, the Nubia Z11 Mini S is worth considering.
Buy a phone with Snapdragon 625 Processor
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 is arguably the best chipset for mid-range phones these days and it will slowly pave way for the Snapdragon 626 (Moto Z2 Play). If you want a phone that doesn’t heat much, had good standby battery backup and can be used for gaming, the Snapdragon 625 should be your best bet for mid-budget and affordable phones.
Last updated on April 2, 2017