Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 on Thursday as the chipmaker’s most advanced mid-range chipset. The latest addition to the Snapdragon 7 series portfolio comes with support for generative AI models on the device such as Llama 2, Gemini Nano and Baichuan-7B, while offering up to 15 percent and 45 percent better CPU and GPU performance compared to previous models models, respectively. The chip also comes with support for capturing 200-megapixel images and supports Wi-Fi 7 connectivity along with mmWave and Sub6 5G networks.

Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 availability schedule

The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 (SM7675-AB) will arrive in smartphones from smartphone manufacturers such as OnePlus, Realme and Sharp. The chip maker said on Thursday that the first smartphone equipped with Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 is expected to be unveiled in the next two months. The company is yet to reveal details about which markets these smartphones will be available in.

Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 specs

According to details shared by Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 consists of one Arm Cortex-X4 “main” core clocked at 2.8 GHz, four “performance” cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, along with three “efficient” cores with a peak frequency of 1.9GHz. This chipset supports up to 24GB of LPDDR5x memory at up to 4200MHz and UFS 4.0 storage and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connectivity.

The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 is the first chip in the Snapdragon 7 series to support Wi-Fi 7
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Like the current generation of Qualcomm’s flagship chipsets, the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 offers support for generative AI models on the device. These include large language models (LLM) — such as Gemini Nano and Llama 2 — as well as large visual models (LVM). The company also says the processor supports multilingual translation and transcription on the device for international media.

The new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 supports displays with a resolution of up to Quad-HD+ with a 120Hz refresh rate and external displays with a resolution of up to 8K. It offers support for the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec along with spatial audio and head tracking. Meanwhile, OEMs can also add face unlock, as the chip on offer supports an ultra-low-power, always-aware camera.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 is the first chip in the series equipped with triple 18-bit image signal processors (ISPs) and will enable smartphone cameras to capture 200-megapixel images. It supports HDR video capture at 4K/60fps and Snapdragon Low Light Vision (LLV) support for videos shot in dark areas.

As for connectivity, the new chip from Qualcomm is equipped with the Snapdragon X63 5G Modem-RF system. The chip maker says the modem has a peak download speed of up to 4.2 Gbps. It supports both mmWave and Sub-6 5G networks, with Dual-Sim Dual Active (DSDA) for 5G and 4G networks.

It’s the first chip in the Snapdragon 7 series to offer support for multi-ink simultaneous high-bandwidth (HBS) Wi-Fi 7 networks, and the Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 mobile connectivity system is said to offer download speeds of up to 5.8 Gbps . It also comes with support for the latest Bluetooth 5.4 connectivity, LE audio, Snapdragon Sound and Qualcomm’s aptX audio codecs, according to Qualcomm.

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