Qualcomm just unveiled the new Snapdragon 7c Gen 2, an ARM-based chip that will power affordable, entry-level laptops. Compared to its predecessor, the new chip promises faster performance while retaining the same feature set.
According to Anandtech’s report, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 has a slightly faster 2.55GHz clock speed; the original Snapdragon 7c was clocked at 2.4GHz. Beyond this one change, other features of the refreshed chip are largely the same as the original, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Since the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is an ARM-based chip, it has very good power efficiency. In fact, Qualcomm promises “multi-day battery life” with this chip. It is able to offer up to 19 hours of continuous use, and according to the chipmaker, this is essentially “two times the battery life of most competing platforms.”
Other features of the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 include two Kryo 468 Gold cores, six more power-efficient Kryo 468 Silver cores, an Adreno 618 GPU, LTE connectivity, along with support for 4K HDR media and a single 32MP camera or two 16MP shooters.
The first device powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chip is expected to arrive sometime this summer. ARM-based chips may not offer the best performance, but the better power efficiency is a worthy trade-off to some folks.