Qualcomm has finally officially introduced its latest mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2. Yes, that’s not a typo, Qualcomm missed calling the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1 and even the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 “standard.” Are there any significant improvements from SOC?
In terms of specifications, you can say yes. The Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1 carries a Kryo CPU which has a configuration of 1 core Cortex-X2 2.91 GHz, 3 cores Cortex-A710 2.49 GHz and four efficient cores Cortex-A510 1.8 GHz. This is the first Snapdragon 7 series to use the Cortex-X2 core, which is usually found in flagship chips.
So, in terms of performance, it is claimed to have increased up to 50%, or twice compared to Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. Meanwhile, the energy efficiency level is said to have increased by 13% and the Adreno GPU and AI performance is twice as good as well. FYI, the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 is manufactured by TSMC, not by Samsung like its predecessor.
On the gaming side, there are features like automatic variable speed shaders, which will render the foreground of the game at high resolution while leaving the background at low resolution for efficiency. There’s also a volumetric rendering feature – which first appeared on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – for fog, smoke and other graphical particles.
The ISP (Image Signal Processor) also received an upgrade. The Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 now carries an 18-bit Triple ISP for better low-light photography results by stacking 30 images into a single image. The SoC has also introduced support for a 200MP camera resolution and HDR video recording.
There is a Snapdragon X62 5G modem with speeds of up to 4.4 Gbps and 5G/4G Dual-Sim Dual Active (DSDA) support, as well as FastConnect 6900 for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.3. Next, the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 now supports Quick Charge 5 which allows a 0-50% charge in five minutes.
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 smartphone coming this month!
Qualcomm has confirmed that the first flagship smartphone with the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 will launch in March. Redmi Note 12 Turbo and Realme GT Neo 5 SE will be one of the two to carry this brand new chipset.