Qualcomm has just announced its latest mobile platform that will power mid-range and even some flagship-caliber smartphones over the next year. Phones with the new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 are expected to arrive this month. Qualcomm’s press release specifically notes that Redmi and Realme are expected to announce phones using Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 this month.
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Qualcomm is touting a long list of improvements for the 7+ Gen 2 chip, ranging from improved CPU and GPU performance to a better camera experience, especially when it comes to low-light photography and 4K HDR video: mmWave and Sub6 5G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon X62 5G modem, along with Wi-Fi 6E which is part of Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6900 chip.
According to Qualcomm, the CPU performance boost from 7+ Gen 2 is an improvement of up to 50%, with an overall power efficiency gain of 13%; something that should lead to better battery life. Speaking of battery life, the 7+ Gen 2 supports Quick Charge 5, which can charge from 0% to 50% in five minutes.
The 7+ Gen 2 brings dual active SIM support to the platform, a first for this series of Qualcomm chips.
Gaming enhancements include support for up to 120 frames per second on a QHD+ display, along with Qualcomm aptX gaming audio and in-game chat.
Qualcomm also revealed some new AI enhancements coming to 7+ Gen 2. According to the chipmaker, the new processor uses a “supercharged” Qualcomm AI engine that is capable of handling tasks like upscaling 1080p video to 4K and improving zoom. . capabilities when shooting video while keeping the footage sharp and crisp.
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Other camera-related enhancements include support for camera modules up to 200 megapixels.
It is not clear when we will see a smartphone in the US with the latest processor from Qualcomm. I imagine we’ll see Samsung use it in one of its Galaxy A-series phones, like it did with the Galaxy A74.