Qualcomm will launch its Snapdragon 7 Gen3 chip based on the TSMC 4nm process in the near future. However, leaked specifications suggest it might not be able to surpass its predecessor, the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2.
As with its predecessor, the Snapdragon 7 Gen3 has a 1+3+4 architecture. CPU part includes 1 big core at 2.63GHz, 3 cores at 2.4GHz, and 4 cores at 1.8GHz. The Arm Cortex-A715 in this configuration has an integrated Adreno 720 GPU.
In comparison, the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 is equipped with one big core clocked at 2.91GHz, three smaller cores clocked at 2.49GHz, and four small cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Comparing the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 to the Snapdragon 7 Gen3, it is evident that the performance of the Snapdragon 7 Gen3 is slightly lower.
Due to its higher cost, the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 has only been adopted in a few models such as the Redmi Note 12 Turbo and the Realme GT Neo5 SE. As a result, few consumers have experienced its capabilities.
Qualcomm appears to have made a strategic decision to focus on efficiency and cost-effectiveness with the Snapdragon 7 Gen3. As a mid-range processor, rather than a sub-flagship model, this chip should be more accessible to smartphone makers.
Although the Snapdragon 7 Gen3 appears to have lower specifications, it is built on TSMC’s advanced 4nm process. Though it won’t have the same raw power as the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2, it will likely be more energy efficient and perform better.
Xiaomi, Vivo, and other manufacturers in Europe are expected to adopt the Snapdragon 7 Gen3 in their upcoming devices. This processor could be a pivotal component in the next generation of smartphones due to its cost-effective approach.
Despite not exceeding its predecessor in terms of performance, the Snapdragon 7 Gen3 is set to deliver a well-balanced blend of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.