Qualcomm has recently introduced its latest addition to the midrange 7 series chipset lineup for mobile devices, known as the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3. Positioned between the SD 7+ Gen 2 and SD 7s Gen 2, this chipset is manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process technology and features a 1+3+4 CPU configuration. The configuration includes a prime core operating at 2.63GHz, three performance cores at 2.4 GHz, and four efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
The Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 promises notable improvements, with a 15% enhancement in CPU performance and a 50% increase in Adreno GPU speed compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. Qualcomm’s testing also indicates a 20% improvement in power efficiency.
The chipset incorporates the Qualcomm Hexagon NPU, delivering 60% more efficient AI performance per watt compared to the SD 7 Gen 1. The Adreno GPU in the 7 Gen 3 supports various APIs, including OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP, and Vulkan 1.3.
Regarding display support, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 accommodates up to 4K resolution at 60Hz or FHD+ resolution at 168Hz. It features a Qualcomm Spectra ISP capable of handling camera modules up to 200MP and recording 4K HDR video at 60Hz. Paired with the Snapdragon X63 5G Modem-RF System, it offers download speeds up to 5 Gbps over mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands, supporting Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
The initial smartphones equipped with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 are anticipated to be released later this month, with Honor and vivo being among the first OEMs to adopt this new chipset.