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The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 could be a great chip for budget phones

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 might be the least capable Snapdragon 7 chip, but it should still be a boon for budget phones.
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Published onSeptember 15, 2023

Qualcomm Snapdragon Logo IFA 2022
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TL;DR
  • Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor.
  • This seems like a step below the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset in some ways.
  • The Redmi Note 13 Pro will be the first phone with this processor.

Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 7 series of chipsets power a decent variety of mid-range smartphones. We’ve already seen the beastly Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 launched earlier this year, but we’ve now got a more modest chipset in the newly announced Snapdragon 7s Gen 2.

The name suggests that this could be a sequel of sorts to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, but a closer look at the spec sheet reveals that this chip is less capable in some ways. For example, the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 offers peak downlink speeds of up to 2.9Gbps versus the Gen 1’s 4.4Gbps. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 also enjoys superior camera capabilities (e.g. better slow-motion video and higher-resolution camera support).

Snapdragon 7s Gen 2Snapdragon 7 Gen 1Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
CPU
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
4x performance cores
4x efficiency cores
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
4x Cortex-A710
4x Cortex-A510
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
1x Cortex-X2
3x Cortex-A710
4x Cortex-A510
GPU
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
Adreno
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
Adreno 662
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
Adreno
DSP
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
Hexagon
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
Hexagon
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
Hexagon
Modem
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
Snapdragon X62 5G/LTE
5G - 2.9Gbps down
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
Snapdragon X62 5G/LTE
5G - 4.4Gbps down, 1.6Gbps up
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
Snapdragon X62 5G/LTE
5G - 4.4Gbps down, 1.6Gbps up
Cameras
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
48MP single
32MP+16MP dual
16MP+16MP+16MP triple
200MP snapshot
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
64MP single
64MP+20MP dual
25MP+25MP+25MP triple
200MP snapshot
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
108MP single
64MP+36MP dual
32MP+32MP+32MP triple
200MP snapshot
Quick Charge
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
4+
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
4+
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
5
Bluetooth
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
5.2
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
5.2
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
5.3
Process
Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
4nm
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
4nm
Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2
4nm

As for the key specs, Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 is a 4nm chip powered by an octa-core CPU featuring four Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.95GHz. We’re glad to see four big CPU cores here, though, as many mid-range SoCs still ship with only two big cores. We’ve also got an unspecified Adreno GPU on offer, with Qualcomm declining to reveal details when asked.

In terms of camera-related features, you’re getting 4K/30fps video, 4K HDR support, 120fps slow-motion at 1080p, and AI denoising functionality. Other notable features include support for a 144Hz refresh rate at FHD+ resolution, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E, and Quick Charge 4+ charging.

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 will power the Redmi Note 13 Pro, which launches in China later this month. We hope this processor lands in plenty of cheap phones, as it looks like a more budget-tier proposition than other Snapdragon 7 series chips.