Qualcomm, the American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company, has announced a new processor that is set to appeal to budget-conscious gamers. The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 processor boasts top-of-the-line cores and a potent GPU, manufactured using a cutting-edge 4nm lithography process, similar to flagship chips. Along with the advanced process and hardware, there are improvements in power consumption and power output as well. Below, we delve into the details.
The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 follows in the footsteps of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU, as it is derived from this top processor. We’re talking about an octa-core chip that features a primary Cortex-X2 core clocked at 2.91GHz, along with 3 Cortex-A710 performance cores clocked at 2.49GHz, and 4 Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Qualcomm has compared this CPU with both its predecessor (Snapdragon 7 Gen1) and rival MediaTek’s variants.
According to benchmarks run on GeekBench 6, the S7+ Gen 2 delivers 15% more single-core performance than a rival CPU (likely MediaTek Dimensity 8100 or 8200). With the same core configuration as the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the performance is similar. Moreover, it is manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process, which has led to a 13% increase in efficiency compared to Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.
The new chipset also offers 25% more GPU performance and supports the Adreno Frame Motion Engine interpolation. We also get improved AI performance, which is 40% faster than its predecessor. As for the cameras, there is an ISP for optimizing photographs, and the CPU can support cameras up to 200 MP. It can record 4K HDR videos and has improved low-light capture capabilities. It can also take 30 super-fast images and combine them into one detailed low-light photograph.
Qualcomm is also offering support for aptX Lossless Audio and the Snapdragon X62 5G modem, which brings support for Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. The first phones featuring this processor will debut this month. Redmi and Realme are among the first companies to announce high-midrange models with the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 CPU. Qualcomm believes these phones will cost between $400 and $600 at launch.
In conclusion, the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 processor from Qualcomm is a game-changer for budget gamers, offering high-end performance at a lower price point. With advanced features like improved GPU, AI performance, and camera capabilities, along with support for Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, it is set to make waves in the smartphone market. We can expect more companies to follow suit and launch phones featuring this processor in the near future.