Qualcomm produces many of the mobile chips found in Android phones and tablets. Today, the company unveiled its new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 chip that aims to bring premium features to affordable phones.
The Snapdragon 7 series is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design intended for mid-range phones and tablets, and previous iterations have been used for the Motorola Edge 30, Samsung Galaxy A52S, and others. It’s one step down Snapdragon 8 serieswhich is the top-tier Qualcomm chipset found in phones like Galaxy S23. In terms of PC, Snapdragon 8 is similar to Intel Core i7, and Snapdragon 7 is similar to Intel Core i5.
The new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 brings many features to the 7 Series that were previously only available on Qualcomm’s premium chips. Support for aptX Lossless and Qualcomm High Speed Link is new, providing higher quality Bluetooth audio, with fewer glitches and fewer dropped connections. Automatic Variable Rate Shading (VRS) has been added to improve performance in games, by rendering the most important parts of the screen at full resolution, and the background at lower resolution. There’s also the usual mix of performance improvements, with up to 50% improved processing speed and 13% better efficiency compared to last year. Snapdragon 7 of the first generation.
Connectivity is very important to phones, and the included Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF system is pretty impressive on paper. He supports Both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5GBeside Wi-Fi 6E. Qualcomm is promising download speeds of 4.4Gbps over 5G and 3.6Gbps over Wi-Fi, but that’s probably only in the best possible conditions with the best equipment available. This is also the first Snapdragon 7 series chip with 5G/4G Dual-Sim Dual Active (DSDA) support, and will support satellite connectiondepending on which device you get it.
Qualcomm is also improving camera quality and performance, and the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 has some upgrades. The company said: “The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 features 18-bit Triple ISP, allowing users to shoot in massive low-light mode — taking 30 photos and merging the best parts into a single shot for brighter, sharper, and more colorful photos after dark.”
Qualcomm has confirmed that the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 will be used in Redmi and Realme phones, which will go on sale later in March. It’s not clear who might be making devices with the chip — several Samsung phones use the company’s Exynos chips, such as Galaxy A54 5G It was just announced.