The Newest Snapdragon 7-Series Chip Isn't the Fastest
Nov 17, 2023, 7:30 AM by Rich Brome
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chip for "affordable flagship" phones. It's designed to replace the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. While the 7 Gen 3 has some newer and better features compared to the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 announced in April, it's not a "plus" chip and therefore doesn't have quite that level of performance in most areas. (A faster 7+ Gen 3 could be announced at a later date.) New features in the Gen 3 that are a first for the 7 series include:
- INT4 precision for faster and more efficient AI,
- Spatial Audio with head-tracking,
- an "AI Remosaic" feature for photo noise reduction, and
- support for the Snapdragon Seamless technology recently introduced with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
- The Gen 3 also upgrades to the X63 modem for the fastest potential 5G data speeds (up to 5 Gbps) in the 7 series.
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