Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 7C in December 2019, coming as a mid-range chipset for Home windows on Arm units and Chromebooks. Now, the US chip designer has introduced the Snapdragon 7C Gen 2, focused at entry-level Arm PCs and Chromebooks. However these anticipating main upgrades could be dissatisfied.
Very similar to the Snapdragon 8CX Gen 2 flagship chipset was mainly the identical as the unique 8CX, the Snapdragon 7C Gen 2 is nearly similar to the unique processor. Meaning you’ve acquired an 8nm design that includes an octa-core Kryo 468 CPU (two Cortex-A76 cores at 2.55GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz) and an Adreno 618 GPU.
Qualcomm in contrast the brand new processor to the Intel Celeron N4020, Pentium Silver N5030, and MediaTek MT8183 chipsets in benchmarks, with the brand new chipset popping out on prime. We should always take this with a pinch of salt as we’d choose to attend for unbiased testing. However it’s additionally value noting that the MT8183 specifically was launched in late 2019, with the MT8192 changing it.
In any other case, the Snapdragon 7C Gen 2 additionally sports activities an X15 modem for LTE connectivity (as much as 600Mbps), a Spectra 255 picture sign processor, and a Hexagon 692 digital sign processor. Different notable options embrace a most show decision of QHD or 2,048 x 1,536 at 60Hz, Qualcomm Aqstic audio help, Bluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi 5.
A Snapdragon PC in a small type issue
Qualcomm additionally had some welcome information for builders, because it launched the Snapdragon Developer Package for Home windows. Providing a NUC type issue harking back to a taller Mac Mini, the developer equipment was in-built partnership with Microsoft.
There’s no phrase on the SoC, RAM, and storage, however a side view does present no less than one full-sized USB port, an SD card slot, and one other card-sized slot. We presumably have extra I/O choices across the again (apart from the anticipated HDMI out).
The corporate didn’t dish out a worth or particular launch date for the Snapdragon Developer Package, however mentioned it might be “reasonably priced” and launch in summer time 2021 through the Microsoft Retailer.