Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 Processor for Affordable Smartphones
In addition to announcing their flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 as a successor to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. However, the company has now introduced an even lower-powered processor called the Snapdragon 7s Generation 2. This move may seem surprising, but it appears that Qualcomm is aiming to create a more cost-effective 4nm processor to compete with MediaTek, which has been gaining market share in the mid-range and budget smartphone segments.
The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 features four high-performance Cortex cores clocked at 2.4 GHz, along with four Cortex cores clocked at 1.95 GHz for routine tasks and lower energy consumption. It also includes a Snapdragon X62 5G modem that offers download speeds of up to 2.9 Gbps.
While the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 offers less power than its predecessor, it still showcases impressive camera capabilities. It can handle images up to 200 Mpx or control a 48 Mpx camera, or even two cameras if one is up to 32 Mpx and the other is 16 Mpx. It can also manage up to three cameras simultaneously, as long as they are all 16 Mpx or lower.
In terms of fast charging, the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 supports Quick Charge 4+ technology, similar to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. However, it has not adopted the fast charging capabilities of its higher-end counterpart. The processor is also capable of managing screens with up to 144 Hz and FHD+ resolution. It integrates Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E for connectivity.
The Redmi Note 13 will be the first smartphone to use the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor, with its announcement expected in China in the coming weeks. It is likely to arrive in Spain by the end of next year or early this year. While some details about the chipset, such as the GPU type and the cost for manufacturers, are still missing, it will be interesting to see if this new processor will be favored by smartphone makers.
In conclusion, Qualcomm’s introduction of the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor reflects their strategy of creating a more affordable and efficient chipset to compete in the mid-range smartphone market. With its impressive camera capabilities and connectivity features, this processor has the potential to attract manufacturers and offer consumers a more affordable option for their smartphone needs.