Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor

Qualcomm announced the second-generation Snapdragon 7c processor, which is designed to be used in Windows PCs and Chromebooks. In late 2019, the company announced the Snapdragon 8c and Snapdragon 7c processors for personal computers. And the biggest change to the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 appears to be the frequency boost, which has jumped from 2.4GHz to 2.55GHz.

Like the original Snapdragon 7c, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 offers built-in LTE connectivity so you can connect to cellular networks, and Qualcomm promises that it supports long battery life. Qualcomm said in a press release: The first device with the chip arrives this summer, and Lenovo has promised to launch new devices with the second-generation Snapdragon 7c processor later this year.

More chip manufacturers are making chips based on the Arm architecture, which promises better performance and energy efficiency. The first-generation Snapdragon 7c processor was used in a few Chromebooks. The company says: The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 delivers 10 percent faster performance than most competing platforms and can provide up to twice the battery life of its competitors.

The processor features Adreno 618 GPU, Spectra 255 GPU, and Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, which allows the processor to reach theoretical download speeds of 800 Mbps. Qualcomm competes with Apple and the powerful M1 chip, which you can now find on MacBook Airs, MacBook Pro, Mac Minis, iMacs, and iPad Pro.

These devices are all more expensive than the type of device targeted by the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2, however, it is possible that the new Qualcomm chip could bring some of the advantages of Arm-based processors to lower-cost (non-Apple) devices.

As for applications running via laptops equipped with a Snapdragon processor and the Windows 10 operating system, the company hopes to motivate programmers to embrace the platform using the Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10.

Qualcomm built the device by working with Microsoft and promised to share more information at Microsoft's Build developer conference later this week. The device looks similar to the A12Z-equipped Mac mini that Apple provided to developers to help them improve their applications for the new M1 chip.

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