Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 – A new midrange era begins

Qualcomm has announced a new refresh to its Snapdragon 700 series and the name of the new SoC is Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. This naming scheme draws from the new naming scheme used on the 800 series flagships like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+.

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 (SD 7 Gen 1) is the successor to the Snapdragon 780G and charts a new course for the Snapdragon 700 series. This series was originally designed to bridge the gap between the midrange and the flagship segment and the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 seems primed to do just that.


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Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 specs

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SD has the following specifications:

Specs
CPU cores
  • 1x Cortex-A710 (2.4GHz)
  • 3x Cortex-A710 (2.36GHz)
  • 4x Cortex-A510 (1.8GHz)
GPU Adreno 644
Process 4nm Samsung LPP
ISA ARMv9
Benchmarks
  • AnTuTu 10: 668,907
  • GeekBench 6: 970/2761
RAM LPDDR5 (3200MHz), 16GB (max size)
Storage UFS 3.1
ISP Qualcomm Spectra
NPU Qualcomm Hexagon
Camera 200MP (1x), 64+20MP (2x), 25MP (3x)
Video 4K HDR video @ 30FPS
Network Snapdragon X62 5G (LTE Cat 18, 5G)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.3
WiFi WiFi 6E
Display 3360 x 1600p

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Performance

The SD 7 Gen 1 comes armed with very powerful CPU cores, the A710 and the A510. For context, the A510 small cores are as powerful as the old A73 cores whilst using less than half the power. The A710 cores are more powerful than the A78 cores. The clock speeds for the cores are currently unknown.

This is some serious power and it gets even better. There is also a new Adreno 644 GPU on board. This SoC is an ARMv9 type and uses the good old big.LITTLE arrangement. Qualcomm has also confirmed that it is going to be built on a 4nm process.


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Memory

The SD 7 Gen 1 supports the latest LPDDR5 technology with speeds of up to 3200MHz. This means that phones using this SoC can support up to 16GB of memory.


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Multimedia

Qualcomm has failed to tell us the type of ISP or Hexagon cores used for the SD 7 Gen 1. All I can tell you is that it supports single cameras of up to 200MP. It also supports dual (64+25MP) and triple (25MP+25MP+25MP) camera setups. It can record videos up to resolutions of 4K at 30FPS.

Displays

Display resolutions of up to QHD are supported here but, lower resolutions like FHD would have faster refresh rates.

Connectivity

The SD 7 Gen 1 supports all of the latest flagship connectivity options like Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6E, 5G networks as well and USB 3.1.


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