Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 to compete in midrange smartphone segment

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Highlights
  • Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor just got announced for mid-range phones
  • The new Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 sits below Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 in features
  • It will debut on the Redmi Note 13 Pro later this month

The midrange smartphone arena was once dominated by Qualcomm SoCs, but MediaTek surged ahead. Now, Qualcomm is catching up, unveiling their latest mobile SoC: the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 (SM7435-AB), a fresh addition to the Snapdragon 7 series.

To clarify, Qualcomm never introduced a Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 or Snapdragon 7s Gen 1. Instead, they moved from the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 to the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2. Now, they’ve introduced the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, which might seem out of sequence based on its name.

A slightly weaker chip

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 features a slightly slower Snapdragon X62 modem and a less powerful Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 system compared to other Snapdragon 7 series chips. It offers Bluetooth 5.2 instead of Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6E, and uses the older QuickCharge 4+ charging technology.


This chip is manufactured using Samsung’s 4nm process and comprises an Octa-core setup with four high-performance cores running at 2.4GHz and four energy-efficient cores at 1.95GHz. Additionally, it comes with a less robust Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP) capable of handling up to 48 MP single cameras, 32 MP + 16 MP dual setups, or 16 MP + 16 MP + 16 MP triple-camera configurations. It supports a Full HD+ resolution display at up to 144Hz refresh rate, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS4.0 storage.

Also read: Apple Extends Partnership with Qualcomm for 5G Modems on iPhones

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 will power the upcoming Redmi Note 13 Pro, set to launch in China later this month. In the market, it will compete head-to-head with the Dimensity 7030 and Dimensity 7050.

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