In a swift follow-up to last month’s major revelation, Qualcomm has now taken the wraps off its latest innovation, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset. This System on Chip (SoC) is set to bring generative AI capabilities, previously exclusive to the high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, to mid-range smartphones, accompanied by several other notable enhancements.
Manufactured on TSMC’s advanced 4nm process technology, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 showcases a 1+3+4 CPU architecture. The primary core impressively operates at speeds of up to 2.63 GHz, while three performance cores run at 2.4 GHz, and four efficiency cores operate at 1.8 GHz.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 marks a substantial improvement, offering nearly 15% better CPU performance and over a 50% leap in GPU performance compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. Additionally, the chipset boasts a 20% improvement in power savings. In the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, equipped with its Hexagon NPU, introduces a remarkable 60% improvement in AI performance per watt, showcasing its support for INT4 precision for the first time in the 7-series.
The feature-rich Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 introduces support for the Google Ultra HDR image format on Android 14, along with enhanced AI-based face detection, spatial audio with head tracking, and the convenience of multi-device Snapdragon Seamless experiences. Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the continued support for capturing from three cameras simultaneously and a novel “AI Remosaic” feature designed to eliminate grainy discoloration, resulting in higher-resolution images with more vibrant colors.
Connectivity is a highlight for the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, featuring the Snapdragon X63 5G modem for up to 5 Gbps downloads, as well as WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support.
Leading smartphone manufacturers, Honor and Vivo, have already expressed their commitment to integrating the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 in their upcoming devices. Honor is gearing up to launch the Honor 100, featuring the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, while Vivo is poised to incorporate the chipset into its anticipated V30 series smartphones.
With these advancements, Qualcomm continues to bridge the gap between high-end and mid-range smartphones, offering users a taste of cutting-edge technology in more accessible devices.