Since February, we have been hearing rumors pointing to new smartphones with an unreleased Snapdragon 7 Gen 2. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 was the first to convert the Snapdragon 700 series into the new nomenclature standards. This CPU was not widely used by OEMs, or at least, it’s not popular as the Snapdragon 778G series. Despite this, Qualcomm is ready to deploy the next generation. Rumors have been pointing to the launch of the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 and a new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1. The possible launch finally has a date – March 17.
Qualcomm has a new launch event scheduled for March 17 – Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 expected
The North American Chipmaker has just confirmed a new event for March 17. Considering all the leaks, on that date, the company will unveil brand new chipsets. There are some conflicting reports, while some expect just the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1, others are waiting for the SD8 Gen 2. Treat these as rumors, after all, Qualcomm can launch just one chipset. If we go for the “Only one” route, then we expect it to come as SD7 Gen 2. After all, it will match the current SD8 Gen 2.
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It’s not common in this world of leaks, but the details for the Snapdragon 7 gen 2 are scarce. We have just one Geekbench listing with the Sm7475 chipset. It has 1 x ARM Cortex-X2 core clocked at 2.92 GHz, 3 x ARM Cortex-A710 cores at 2.5 GHz, and 4 x ARM Cortex-A510 cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 725 with a 580 Hz clock speed. Right now it’s hard to confirm, but these specs would make the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 the first mid-range SoC with a Cortex-X2 core.
Interestingly, the chipset bears some similarities with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 series. So we would not be surprised if it’s actually an underclocked version of the same. Well, the GPU is dubbed Adreno 725, which means it’s one step below the Snapdragon 730 on the 8 Gen 1 series. Of course, the clock speed and the number of cores will determine whether the performance is similar. The Geekbench scores point to a performance that is superior to the MediaTek Dimensity 8200 and comparable to the Dimensity 9000. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 was not the favorite choice of many OEMs, and MediaTek gained ground in the upper mid-range segment. We are curious to see if the SD7 Gen 2 will improve things for Qualcomm.
Right now, there are two rumored devices set to come with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2, the POCO X5 GT and the Realme GT Neo 5 Lite/SE.