Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 comes as the successor to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 announced in December last year. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 comes as a new mid-range chipset. Alongside the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, as part of Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon Night” event in China this evening, the company is also rolling out a brand-new SoC for the premium phone market, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.
Aimed downmarket of Qualcomm’s traditional flagship SoCs, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is the first non-flagship SoC to be introduced by Qualcomm since they implemented their new platform naming and differentiation scheme. But, like the Snapdragon 7xx series before it, the latest Snapdragon 7 SoC follows the same design mantra of offering flagship-level features with more modest performance and costs.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 Specifications
- Manufacturing process: 4nm Samsung Foundry
- CPU: 1x Cortex-A710 Prime core clocked at 2.4GHz, 3x Cortex-A710 Performance cores clocked at 2.36GHz, 4x Cortex-A510 Efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 662; supports FHD+ displays up to 144Hz and QHD+ displays up to 60Hz
- Memory: Up to 16GB LPDDR5 at 3,200MHz
- Modem and connectivity options: Qualcomm Snapdragon X62 5G and Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 modems; dual-SIM 5G with mmWave and sub-6 GHz support, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth v5.3 with LE Audio, aptX, aptX Lossless, and aptX Adaptive, Dual-Frequency GPS, USB 3.1 support
- ISP and imaging capabilities: Qualcomm Spectra Triple; support for cameras up to 200MP, 4K HDR video recording at up to 30fps
Within Qualcomm’s pantheon of smartphone SoCs, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 780G/778G parts. For the moment, Qualcomm is sticking with a single SKU, though last year the 780G and 778G were a few months apart – so Qualcomm may bifurcate things farther down the line.
Like its predecessors, the 7 Gen 1 follows Qualcomm’s cascading development strategy, which sees new features first pioneered in their flagship SoC successively implemented in future, lower-tier chips. The big update on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was of course the switch to the Armv9 architecture and Arm’s associated CPU cores, and now Arm’s premium tier SoC is getting the same treatment.
|Snapdragon 7 Gen 1|
|DSP / NPU||Hexagon|
|2x 16-bit CH|
@ 3200MHz LPDDR5 / 25.6GB/s
|ISP/Camera||Triple 14-bit Spectra ISP|
1x 200MP or 84MP with ZSL
64+20MP with ZSL
3x 25MP with ZSL
4K HDR video & 64MP burst capture
|4K30 10-bit H.265|
Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
720p480 infinite recording
|Integrated Modem||X62 Integrated|
(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 4400 Mbps
|Mfc. Process||Samsung 4nm|
Features of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 uses Samsung’s 4nm manufacturing process. On the CPU front, the chipset has 1x ARM Cortex-A710 CPU core clocked at 2.4GHz, 3x ARM Cortex-A710 CPU cores clocked at 2.36GHz, and 4x ARM Cortex-A510 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz. These are entirely new CPU cores compared to the Snapdragon 778G. However, the company hasn’t revealed how fast is the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 in the CPU department compared to its predecessor.
The new chipset uses Adreno 662 GPU. According to the brand, it has 20% faster rendering compared to the Snapdragon 778G. The GPU supports Full HD+ displays up to 144Hz and QHD+ displays up to 60Hz. The GPU has Adreno Frame Motion, which “doubles framerates to upscale content while maintaining the same power consumption.” There’s also Qualcomm Game Quick Touch, which, the brand claims reduces touchscreen latency.
For cellular connectivity, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 uses Snapdragon X62 5G modem. It supports mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G bands and is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 4.4Gbps.
The FastConnect 6900 System offers Wi-Fi 6E with peak speeds of up to 3.6Gbps, and Bluetooth v5.3 with LE Audio, aptX, aptX Lossless, and aptX Adaptive. There’s also GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC, and Dual-Frequency GNSS (L1/L5). As for the memory, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 supports up to 16GB of LPDDR5 memory up to 3,200MHz.
The imaging is handled by the Qualcomm Spectra Triple ISP (14-bit), which supports cameras up to 200MP. It can also record 4K HDR videos at 30 frames per second. There is, however, no information on whether the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 supports 4K videos recording at 60 frames per second.
HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision video decoding and encoding are supported as well. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 supports biometric authentication (face, fingerprint, iris, and voice) and the USB 3.1 Type-C port.