Qualcomm has unveiled its Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, the next generation of its mid-range mobile platform. The new chip is designed to deliver powerful entertainment experiences and performance enhancements on a wider range of smartphones.
The new platform represents an evolution Snapdragon 7 Generation 1 compared to last year, which was already a jump over the previous Snapdragon 700 series it replaced. It has begun to close the gap with the premium Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the trend continues with this year’s Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2.
Confusingly, Qualcomm deliberately omitted the simple “no-plus” Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 to highlight just how disruptive its latest mid-range chip is. It might fit better if the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 comes out later this year, but it looks a bit odd at the moment.
Clumsy name aside, the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 packs a punch, so let’s dig in and see what’s new.
Why Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 Matters
While the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 is built on the same 4nm (4nm) process technology as last year’s chip, it offers performance and optimization previously only available on the more expensive Snapdragon 8 series chips.
This includes a Qualcomm Kryo processor that offers 50% more performance with a top speed of up to 2.91GHz and a Qualcomm Adreno GPU that doubles graphics performance. Even with these advances, Qualcomm has managed to improve energy efficiency by 13% and integrate artificial intelligence into devices across the platform. The integrated Qualcomm AI Engine has also doubled its performance while improving energy efficiency.
From a practical standpoint, Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 will improve gaming experience, improve image capture, and support faster Wi-Fi and 5G connectivity.
For gamers and entertainment enthusiasts, this includes support for Snapdragon Elite Gaming features such as variable speed auto shading, surround rendering, and Snapdragon audio with lossless Qualcomm aptX music streaming to deliver full-resolution content, more realistic graphics, and superior sound.
The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 is also equipped with an 18-bit Triple Image Signal Processor (ISP), which promises to enhance smartphone photography with better low-light performance and extreme dynamic range. The chip can handle resolutions up to 200 megapixels and capture triple-exposure 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video from two cameras simultaneously.
The Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF system inside Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 can support download speeds up to 4.4Gbps, and also provides 5G/4G Dual-Sim Dual Active Standby for the first time for Snapdragon 7-series chips.
“Snapdragon is synonymous with a premium mobile experience. Today’s launch of the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 illustrates our ability to bring some of the most requested flagship features to our Snapdragon-7 series, making them available to more people,” said Christopher Patrick, Qualcomm senior vice president and general manager of mobile phones in a press release. company release.
While Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and its successors will continue to power premium flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and OnePlus 11, Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 will bring more of the same entertainment, AI, and photography experiences to the new Class. smartphones mid-range
Qualcomm says we can expect the first devices with the new chip later this month, likely in $400 to $600 phones.
Source: Digital Trends