Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 official: 15% faster CPU and 45% better GPU

Qualcomm just announced the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3, the company’s latest mid-range 7 series Mobile Platform, as the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2. This uses 4nm process tech and has the same architecture as the 8 Gen 3 and the 8s Gen 3, but with different clock speeds.

The platform has support for a wide range of AI models including large language models (LLMs) such as Baichuan-7B, Llama 2, and Gemini Nano, said the company.

It promises 15% improved Qualcomm Kryo CPU, 45% improved Qualcomm Adreno GPU and 5% overall power savings compared to Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2. The GPU doesn’t offer hardware Ray Tracing capabilities.

This uses Snapdragon X63 modem, has 4K HDR video capture, comes with 18-bit triple ISP. It retains the Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 Mobile Connectivity System from the 8 Gen 3 and the 8s Gen 3 offering Wi-Fi 7 offering up to 5.8 Gbps speed and dual Bluetooth connectivity for sustained immersion.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 (SM7675-AB) specifications
  • 1 x Kryo Prime CPU (Arm Cortex-X4 based) at up to 2.8GHz, 4 x Kryo Performance CPUs (Arm Cortex-A720 based) at up to 2.6GHz, 3x Kryo Efficiency CPUs (Arm Cortex-A520 based) at up to 1.9GHz, ARMv9 architecture
  • 4nm TSMC Process Technology
  • Built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon X63 5G modem-RF system
  • 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz, standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes, FDD, TDD, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, mmWave: 4 carriers, 2×2 MIMO, Sub-6 GHz: 4×4 MIMO, Qualcomm 5G PowerSave 2.0, Qualcomm Smart Transmit 2.0 technology, Qualcomm Wideband Envelope Tracking, Qualcomm AI-Enhanced Signal Boost, Global 5G multi-SIM, including 5G/4G DSDA
  • Qualcomm Adreno next-gen GPU, Snapdragon Game Super Resolution, Adreno Frame Motion Engine 2.0, Snapdragon Game Post Processing Accelerator, HDR gaming (10-bit color depth, Rec. 2020 color gamut), Snapdragon Shadow Denoiser, API support: OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP, Vulkan 1.3
  • Hardware-accelerated H.265, VP9, AV1 decoder, HDR Playback Codec support for HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision
  • Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec, New Qualcomm Aqstic smart speaker amplifier, Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N), Playback: -108dB, Qualcomm Audio and Voice Communication Suite, Spatial Audio with Head Tracking
  • Up to 36 MP triple camera, Up to 64+36 MP dual camera, Up to 108 MP single camera with ZSL, Up to 200MP single camera, Qualcomm Spectra Image Sensor Processor (Cognitive 18-bit triple-ISP)
  • Rec. 2020 color gamut photo and video capture, Up to 10-bit color depth photo and video capture, 4K HDR Video Capture + 64 MP Photo Capture
  • 10-bit HEIF: HEIC photo capture, HEVC video capture, Google Ultra HDR photo capture
  • Capture Formats: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, 4K HDR Video Capture @ 60 FPS, 4K Video Capture @ 60 FPS, Slow-mo video capture at 1080p @ 240 FPS, Bokeh Engine 2 for Video Capture, Pro Sight video capture, Snapdragon Low Light Vision (LLV), Video super resolution, Multi-Frame Noise Reduction (MFNR), Locally Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering
  • On-Device Display Support: 4K at 60 Hz / QHD+ at 120 Hz, Maximum External Display Support: up to 8K @ 30 Hz, Up to 1080 @ 240 Hz, Variable Refresh Rate support for 240 Hz to 1 Hz, 10-bit color depth, Rec. 2020 color gamut, HDR10, HDR10+, HDR vivid, and Dolby Vision
  • Qualcomm Hexagon Processor, Fused AI Accelerator, Hexagon scalar, vector, and tensor accelerators, Hexagon Direct Link, Support for mix precision (INT8+INT16), Support for all precisions (INT4, INT8, INT16, FP16)
  • Support for LP-DDR5x memory up to 4200 MHz, Memory Density: Up to 24 GB
  • Wi-Fi 7 Peak speed: 5.8 Gbps, Wi-Fi 6E 802.11be, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) Multi-gigabit, Integrated 802.11ac 2×2 (2-stream) MU-MIMO, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6GHz, Bluetooth 5.4, LE Audio, Dual Bluetooth antennas
  • Bluetooth audio: Snapdragon Sound Technology with support for Qualcomm aptX Voice, aptX Lossless, aptX Adaptive, and LE audio, NFC
  • Concurrent GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC, Triple frequency GNSS (L1/L2C/L5), Sensor-Assisted Positioning 6.0 with global map aiding, urban pedestrian navigation with side walk accuracy, global free way lane-level vehicle navigation
  • USB Version 3.1 Gen 2; USB Type-C Support, UFS 4.0
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 technology

Qualcomm has confirmed that Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 platform will be adopted by global OEMs and brands, including OnePlus, realme and SHARP, with commercial devices expected to be announced over the coming months.

This will debut first in the OnePlus Ace 3V, which is being launched in China today. realme has also confirmed the launch of the GT Neo 6 SE smartphone with the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 chip.

Commenting on the launch, Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of mobile handsets, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said:

Today, we embark on the latest expansion in the 7-series to create new levels of entertainment for consumers – integrating next-generation technologies for richer experiences. Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 is packed with support for incredible on-device generative AI features and provides incredible performance and power efficiency, while bringing Wi-Fi 7 to the Snapdragon 7 Series for the first time.

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