Qualcomm Releases Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 — Dream Chip for Midranger Phones?

Along with the release of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, Qualcomm also introduced the platform the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. The question now is whether this chip will be a dream for mobile phones midranger?

For those who are curious about the composition of the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip, here are the details:

  • Qualcomm Kryo CPU
    • 1x ARM Cortex-A710 Prime core @2.4GHz
    • 3x ARM Cortex-A710 Performance cores @2.36GHz
    • 4x ARM Cortex-A510 Efficiency cores @1.8GHz
  • Qualcomm Adreno 662 GPU
  • 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine
    • Qualcomm Hexagon Processor
      • Fused AI Accelerator
      • Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
      • Hexagon Vector eXtensions
      • Hexagon Scalar Accelerator
      • Support for mix precision (INT8+INT16)
      • Support for all precision (INT8, INT16, FP16
    • Third-gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub
  • Memory LPDDR5 @3200Mhz, 16GB
  • Qualcomm Spectra Triple 14-bit ISP
    • Up to 2.5 Gigapixels per second computer vision ISP
    • Up to 25MP triple camera @ 30FPS with Zero Shutter Lag
    • Up to 64+20MP dual camera @ 30FPS with Zero Shutter Lag
    • Up to 84MP single camera @ 30FPS with Zero Shutter Lag
    • Up to 200 Megapixel Photo Capture
    • Video capture: 4K HDR @30FPS; Slow-mo capture at 720p @480FPS; HDR10+, HDR10, HLC

Unlike the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 variant, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip is a mid-range 5G chip based on Samsung’s 4nm architecture. When compared to the Snapdragon 778G chip released last year, this chip offers significant performance benefits thanks to a powerful CPU composition and Adreno 662 GPU. Qualcomm claims that this new chip can handle graphics 20% faster than Snapdragon 778G and also increases the performance of the Snapdragon 778G. AI up to 30%.

Other notable upgrades include Qualcomm Spectra Triple 14-bit image signal processor (ISP) capable of up to 200MP photo capture and 4K HDR video recording, Snapdragon X62 5G RF-modem system, dedicated Trust Management Engine, Android Ready SE for car keys and ID. digital, Wi-Fi 6E, and supports Bluetooth 5.3.

Qualcomm says there are already many devices that will be lining up to use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 platform starting from Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi. At least these devices will only enter the market from Q2 2022 or at the earliest before the end of next month.

Back to the question at the beginning, will this chip be a dream for mobile phones? midranger? It’s possible, but it looks like it will be difficult, considering that their competitor, MediaTek, is aggressively releasing chips for cellphones midranger with specifications that are quite similar, moreover the price tag offered by the competitor is much cheaper.

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