Qualcomm just introduced Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 for mid-range smartphones. Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 is built on a 4nm process and promises an improved AI performance.
Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 is built on TSMC’s 4nm process technology. It has a 1+3+4 CPU architecture with 1 Kryo prime core clocked at 2.63GHz, 3 x performance cores running at 2.4 GHz, and 4 x efficiency cores @1.8GHz.
The company promises a 15% improvement in CPU performance and 50% faster GPU performance. The GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP, and Vulkan 1.3 APIs. Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 also claims to offer 20% power savings. It supports LPDDR5 at 3200 MHz.
The SoC also includes Qualcomm Hexagon NPU which boasts to offer 60% faster AI performance per watt over Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.
The chip supports up to 4K resolution displays at a 60Hz refresh rate or FHD+ resolution at 168Hz. It also has Qualcomm Spectra ISP that can handle up to 200MP main camera, record 4K HDR video at 60Hz, and 1080p slo-mo videos @ 120 fps. Qualcomm claims that the SoC enables better autofocus and can also improve the nighttime performance of videos.
Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 is paired with Snapdragon X63 5G Modem-RF System that claims up to 5 Gbps download speeds over mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands. The SoC also has support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
The SoC also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 technology.
The first smartphone with Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 is expected to launch later this month. Honor and Vivo have already promised to use the chip on their upcoming smartphones.