At the end of late 2019, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8C and 7C, always a pair of cheap chips in Windows 10 PC and Chromebook.
Today, the company is updating those two SoCs to improve performance. The Snapdragon 7C Gen 2 offers a Crow CPU feature that can achieve clock speeds of 2.55GHz.
The company claims that it offers 10 percent faster performance than “very competitive platforms”. Qualcomm probably has processors from Intel’s Gemini Lake family.”
The company also claims that the 7C Gen 2 can provide twice as much battery life as its competitors.
Outside of the fast CPU, the 7C Gen 2 is more or less the same chip Qualcomm announced in 2019. It has an Adreno 618 GPU and Snapdragon X15 LTE modem.
The latter allows 7C Gen 2 to hit the theoretical download speeds of 800 Mbps. As its predecessor, the chip is designed for education and value-conscious customers.
According to Qualcomm, we can expect the Snapdragon 7C Gen 2 laptops to arrive this summer, with the first models coming from Lenovo.
A new chip is not just an announcement that Qualcomm should share today. Working with Microsoft, the company has developed a Snapdragon developer kit for Windows 10.
As AnandTech points out, we don’t often see Windows development kits, but it’s a trick that makes a lot of sense. Application compatibility has been an issue with the ARM platform for Windows.
We don’t have many other details on the device, but Qualcomm promised to share more information at Microsoft’s build developer conference this weekend.
The device looks like the A12Z-equipped Mac Minis Apple to help developers customize their applications for their new M1 chip.
From the photos sent by the company, you can see that it looks like a USB-A slot, SD card reader and a slot for a SIM.
Based on the timing and facts of today’s announcement, Qualcomm says the developer kit offers “a cheaper alternative to other consumer and commercial devices,” so it wouldn’t be a surprise if it came with the 7C Gen 2 processor.