AI is the be-all and end-all of this year’s chips, especially Qualcomm’s mobile processors. The chip maker has announced this Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 Processor for mid-range Android devices with the promise of improved AI performance.
Staying in tune with his predecessor, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 is based on a 4nm process. It offers four dedicated performance cores with clock speeds of up to 2.63 GHz. Qualcomm says It features 15% improved CPU performance over the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 and over 50% improved GPU performance for gaming and video editing. Overall energy efficiency is also increased by 20%. Qualcomm claims that phones with this chip will give you half an hour more time to scroll through social media while the battery is draining, and an extra hour of video streaming on the train ride home.
Artificial intelligence is one of the selling points of the 7 Gen 3. Things like the Qualcomm Sensing Hub, which houses the phone’s ability to listen to your command or sense your proximity, provides increased sensitivity and a better understanding of the device’s surroundings. Phones with this chip also access better camera algorithms, enabling better autofocus and color control. It could help improve the performance of videos at night.
Honor and Vivo will be the first manufacturers abroad to ship devices with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3. Motorola is one of the few phone makers selling phones with mid-range Qualcomm chips in the US, as Samsung has moved to using Exynos chips Budget Galaxy Releases.
This is the second update to the Qualcomm portfolio in the last two months. In October the company announced that Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for flagship Android devices. We’ll probably see phones with this chip coming to market sooner than this mid-range model. Qualcomm also focused on the AI performance of the 8 Gen 3, promising 40% faster processing and improved generative AI capabilities. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 appears to focus primarily on overall budget performance and the use of AI to improve base performance.