The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 Mobile Platform has been launched and it’s good news for mid-range phones. That’s because, with the launch of the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Qualcomm is bringing some of the capabilities of its flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 mobile platform, to midrange devices powered by the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 processor.
According to Qualcomm, this move is intended to make some features that have only been available on flagship smartphones more accessible to people who can only afford midrange devices.
The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU, which Qualcomm says will deliver 50% CPU and 2x GPU performance compared to its predecessor.
For gamers, the CPU and GPU are supported by Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, which allows devices powered by the new chipset to deliver a faster screen refresh rate and improved gaming visuals thanks to improved rendering capabilities and new AI Super Resolution 4K image upscaling.
The chip also comes with Snapdragon Sound and Qualcomm aptX, which deliver an improved connection with wireless headsets, which is very important since smartphone manufacturers are increasingly ditching the headphone jack.
Qualcomm announced that devices powered by the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 would transmit audio with minimal drop-outs and glitching and support better transmission from headset microphones to enable better in-game chat.
When it comes to photography, Qualcomm has implemented an 18-bit Triple ISP for better low-light photography and capacity for up to 200MP cameras, allowing midrange devices to come with more powerful camera hardware.
Qualcomm has also implemented a Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF System on the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 chipset, allowing devices powered by the chip to deliver up to 4.4Gbps download speeds. The new chipset will support dual 4G/5G sims and has a Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System, which powers Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.
Although Qualcomm didn’t disclose much information about it, we were intrigued by the Qualcomm Sensing Hub feature, which has a dedicated AI processor that will enable smartphones to detect the user’s activity and use acoustics to determine what environment the user is in. We can’t wait to see how smartphone manufacturers will use this feature to improve the user experience, especially in noisy environments.