There’s no Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 nor SD7G2. You’re not the only one confused.
There are just way too many phones being released these days. Month after month, there’s a new model. Consumers would soon get tired of seeing the same chipset over and over again (ahem, Snapdragon 695) and manufacturers need to make improvements on their phones for every release, otherwise it would just be recycled, thus making upgrades meaningless.
MediaTek has seen a wide array of chipsets being released every other month, so it’s time for Qualcomm to release the artillery! Introducing the improvement over the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2. The former was launched back in May 2022
Powerful enough to skip the numbers!
You saw what you read, it’s the successor to the popular Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. There’s no SD7+G1 nor SD7G2, Qualcomm confidently went straight ahead to the SD7+G2. It’s probably because they’re boasting how this chipset is a massive improvement over its predecessor, rather than just overclock here, overclock that.
Just like its predecessor, the SD7+G2 is designed for midrange handsets and also promises substantial improvements in efficiency and performance. It uses a 1+3+4 architecture which includes the 2.91GHz Kryo Supercore CPU. There’s also an unnamed Adreno GPU which Qualcomm says has a 2x performance increase. It’s characteristic of Qualcomm to hide the CPU and GPU information in their press release. However, phones with this chipset will be coming out in just a few months so it won’t be long until we find out what this chipset really contains. On-device AI is also integrated with the platform.
Auto Variable Rate Shading is another feature that was announced which balances power and efficiency in games by rendering the main content at full resolution and power while background content at lower resolutions. Volumetric Rendering also allows for rendering particles and graphics like fog at its full resolution in order to give a sense of realism in games.
In camera capture, the chipset uses an 18-bit Spectra Triple ISP which allows for superior capture even in very low light. It snaps 30 images and then merges the best parts of the picture into one shot for brighter, more colourful, and clearer photos after dark. In addition, the chipset supports resolutions of up to 200MP along with staggered HDR Video capture. This is an improvement over the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1’s 14-bit ISP which supports fewer colours.
It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon X62 modem with sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G support. For the first time in the 7 series, the SD7+G2 supports 5G/4G Dual-SIM Dual Active (DSDA) that allows consumers to utilize two SIM Cards separately. For Wi-Fi connectivity, Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6900 is infused with the chipset which delivers Wi-Fi speeds at a theoretical 3.6Gbps.
The AI Engine also gets a boost. Now it’s twice better than its predecessor. This AI Engine also allows intelligent upscaling from 1080p to 4K.
The chipset will be available in smartphones first from Realme and Redmi. The GT Neo 5 SE is rumored to be equipped with it. One of the Redmi Note 12 phones is also rumored to be equipped with it.