Snapdragon 625 vs 430: Which SOC is Better?

Looking for a detailed comparison between Snapdragon 625 and 430 to help you choose a new phone? Or already bought a Snapdragon 625 or 430 device? You’re at the right place as today we’ll compare both these processors. This will also help you if you want to see a comparison of processors from devices like Redmi 3s, Lenovo K6 Power, Redmi Note 4, Mi A1 and Moto G5. So let’s begin Snapdragon 625 vs 430 Battle.

Snapdragon 625 is one of the best processors of Qualcomm 600 series which is in fact, a mid-range series. While 430 is a new member of Snapdragon 400 series which is a budget oriented processor series by Qualcomm.

Both these Processors are Octa-Core and have 8 Cortex A53 Cores. The pros of Snapdragon 625 are better GPU, better LTE Modem, and 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and some other minor differences. Let us first look at the specifications of these CPUs before we go deep into the comparison.

    Snapdragon 625

Snapdragon 625 vs 430

On 11th February 2016, Qualcomm announced their mid-ranged Snapdragon 625 SOC. Qualcomm is using the Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process to manufacture Snapdragon 625. It was the first Processor in the Qualcomm 600 series which is made using the 14nm process.It is an Octa-Core CPU with 8 ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. The A53 aren’t the most powerful ones but they are decent and can perform pretty much every intensive task. Snapdragon 625 has the Adreno 506 GPU and X9 LTE Modem. It also supports Qualcomm Quickcharge 3.0. The 14nm manufacturing process is the highlight of Snapdragon 625 which makes it ultra power efficient and ensures that the processor doesn’t overheat. Don’t forget to check out Snapdragon 625 vs 820: Know the Differences.


  • Octa-Core (8 x A53 @2.0 GHz)
  • X9 LTE Modem
  • Quickcharge 3.0 support
  • 14nm FinFET Process
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • Hexagon 546 DSP
  • LPDDR3 Single Channel Memory


    Snapdragon 430

Snapdragon 625 vs 430

On 15th September 2015, Qualcomm announced their budget series processor, Snapdragon 430. In Q2 2016, the Snapdragon 430 became available for production. Also, Snapdragon 430 belongs to the Snapdragon 400 processor series and it is one of the best performers of the same. Qualcomm is using the 28nm process to manufacture Snapdragon 430. It has 8 Cortex A53 Cores clocked at 1.4 GHz and it comes with the Adreno 505 GPU. Snapdragon 430 is one of the best budget processors considering its price to performance ratio.


  • Octa-Core (8 x A53 @1.4 GHz)
  • X6 LTE Modem
  • Quickcharge 3.0 support
  • 28nm Manufacturing Process
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • Hexagon 536 DSP
  • LPDDR3 Single Channel Memory


    Snapdragon 625 vs 430

Snapdragon 625 vs 430 can never be a fair comparison as both of them belong to a completely different budget series. But considering their similar specifications and great performance, comparing them would not be so unfair after all. Snapdragon 625 and 430 has the same cores but in the case of 625, their clock speed is higher. Snapdragon 625 gets an edge in power efficiency due to its 14nm manufacturing process. Both the GPU and Modem of Snapdragon 625 are better.

But that does not mean Snapdragon is power hungry, overheats or cannot handle games. Snapdragon 430 can provide great battery life for the devices with a Huge Battery like Xiaomi Redmi 3s or Lenovo K6 Power. Also, the gaming performance of Snapdragon 430 is quite good, it can handle all games.


Here are our Final Ratings:

Aspect Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 430
Performance 8/10 7/10
Power Efficiency 9/10 8/10
Gaming 9/10 8/10
Modem 8/10 7/10
Price to Performance Ratio 9/10 10/10
Overall 8.6/10 8/10


Recommended Snapdragon 430 Devices:

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s and 3s Prime
  • Lenovo K6 Power

Recommended Snapdragon 625 Devices:

  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus (Moto G 2017)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Xiaomi Mi A1

5 thoughts on “Snapdragon 625 vs 430: Which SOC is Better?”

  1. After all I am planning to buy a new set and there is 2 choice 1) Nokia 6 snapdragon 430
    2) redmi note 4 snapdragon 650
    Which would u recommend
    I want to play games,I want more battery life,
    Plsss choose a nice phone pllssssss

  2. I am planning to buy a new phone and i have 2 choice
    1. Asus zenfone 4 max pro sd 430 5000mAh
    2. Xiaomi A1 or Xiaomi 5x sd 625 3080mAh
    Which u recommend for better gaming and battery life ??

    • For Gaming, Xiaomi Mi A1 is better but Asus Zenfone 4 Max Pro has a much larger battery. Even though the Mi A1 has lower battery capacity, the processor is power efficient and will consume less battery than the Snapdragon 430. Though the battery will still last longer on Asus Zenfone 4 Max Pro, for overall gaming performance and a decent battery life, I’ll give preference to Mi A1.


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