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This new Qualcomm chip promises to increase the performance of affordable mid-range smartphones

This new Qualcomm chip promises to increase the performance of affordable mid-range smartphones

Qualcomm announced, in a relatively discreet way, the new Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor a few days ago, and this mid-range chip, engraved with 4nm technology, aims to fill a blind spot in the American manufacturer’s offerings: the “low-end” of its mid-range chip. ranges.

With the new Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, Qualcomm wants to enrich its mid-range offerings // Source: Qualcomm

While its rival MediaTek is striving to achieve the highest level having invested heavily in the area of ​​accessible chips, Qualcomm appears to be adopting the opposite approach. Enjoying a very strong position in the premium segment, with the inevitable Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (and soon Gen 3), the American mobile chip designer announced over the weekend a new SoC designed to strengthen its position, but this time in its mid-range. .

Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, that’s the name of the new SoC, seeks to meet the expectations of smartphone manufacturers that want to have honorable performance… with a limited budget, much less than that required to rent the services of the Snapdragon 8 series.

A more modest segment, but good value for money?

As its nomenclature suggests, this new “S” chip is less efficient than the “classic” Snapdragon 7 series. Its CPU is slower, and its ISP is less impressive. Thus, we find an 8-core CPU, combining 4 high-performance cores with a frequency of 2.4 GHz and 4 high-efficiency cores with a frequency of 1.95 GHz. This CPU part can rely on 3200MHz LPDDR5 RAM support.

For now, Qualcomm He doesn’t give details yet In terms of the graphics integrated into its chip, but it is an Adreno iGPU capable of supporting up to a Full HD+ display at 144Hz.

The new Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 is also satisfied with the FastConnect 6700 platform (down from the FastConnect 6900 available on the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2). The maximum download speed is 2.9Gbps, while Bluetooth support is limited to version 5.2. However, low-power audio is supported, as mentioned GSMArena.

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On the image front, Qualcomm relies on a Spectra ISP capable of managing up to 200 megapixels and recording in 4K at 30 frames per second. For the rest, we note support for USB-C 3.1 and the Quick Charge 4+ standard.

As for the launch of the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, some rumors suggest that it is very close, with the arrival of the Redmi Note 13. However, Qualcomm has not officially announced anything at this point.

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