Qualcomm (NASDAQ:) unveiled its latest mid-range mobile processor, the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, on Monday. The new system-on-chip (SoC), despite its name, is confirmed to be less powerful than the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2. It is set to power the Redmi Note 13 Pro, which is slated for launch on September 21, 2023.
The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 is built on the 4nm process technology, designed to provide a capable platform for phone manufacturers aiming for a lower budget than the Gen 8 chips. The central processing unit (CPU) of the 7s is less powerful than any other Snapdragon 7 series chip, and the image signal processor (ISP) is also not as impressive, indicating a slightly lower positioning overall.
The chipset supports up to 12GB LPDDR5 memory and UFS 4.0 storage. It comes equipped with the Snapdragon X62 5G modem with a peak rate of 2.9Gbps and support for 5G millimeter wave technology. The FastConnect 6700 connectivity platform is a step back from the 6900 on the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, while Bluetooth supported is capped at version 5.2.
The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 also boasts Qualcomm Spectra’s 12-bit ISP that allows for triple-camera simultaneous shooting, supporting up to a single camera of 200MP and enabling video capture at up to 4K resolution at a frame rate of 30 fps. The chipset also comes with the Snapdragon Listening technology for clear audio during calls and media consumption.
While Qualcomm did not officially release a timeframe in which we’ll see devices with the new chipset, it is expected that many mid-range smartphones in the future will be powered by the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, starting with the Note 13 Pro.
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