16 June 2021
Qualcomm has unveiled the new Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 platform for the always-on and always-connected entry-level Windows PCs and Chromebooks. The new SoC succeeds the Snapdragon 7c platform that went official in December 2019.
One of the biggest changes that Qualcomm has brought this time is the bump in the clock speed. As per AnandTech report, the clock speed has jumped to 2.55GHz from 2.4GHz. It is not major but pretty significant if you compare it against the first-gen.
The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 offers integrated LTE connectivity so you can connect to cellular networks. Qualcomm touts the new compute platform upgrades the experiences with enhanced camera and audio capabilities, AI, and “long-lasting battery life.” Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 offers up to 2 times the battery life of most competing platforms, up to 19 or more hours of continuous use. Also, the chipset is claimed to be up to 60 percent more performance efficient than the competition.
The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 comes with a 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 255 image signal processor (ISP) that supports dual cameras of up to 16-megapixel resolution or up to a 32-megapixel single camera. The new Snapdragon chipset for entry-level laptops also supports video playback of up to 4K HDR10 and H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), and VP9 codec support. There is also Qualcomm aptX audio playback support. The chipset gets the Adreno GPU and it also comes with a Snapdragon X15 LTE modem.
It supports up to QHD display at 60Hz refresh rate, dual-channel LPDDR4x RAM, eMMC 5.1, or UFS 2.1 storage. Furthermore, the new platform also supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NavIC, BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, QZSS, and SBAS
Qualcomm has announced that the first device utilizing the latest Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 platform will arrive this summer. Qualcomm also announced that Lenovo will release new devices using the 7c Gen 2 SoC “later this year.”