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ARMs Race | Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform

Qualcomm’s work on ARM PCs is slowing down anytime soon, currently the Snapdragon 8cx is on its second-generation and first-generation 7c shipping on Windows and Chrome OS powered PCs along with the new Snapdragon Developer Kit. We recently reported on Qualcomm’s development of three possible successors to the current Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 with the highest-performance chip likely slated for Microsoft’s Surface Pro X under the name SQ3. Today Qualcomm finally announced Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform via an OnQ Blog post.

Snapdragon 7c Gen 2

Qualcomm says “Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 boasts up to 10 percent higher system performance compared to competitive platforms. It also offers up to 19+ hours of continuous use on a single charge, with up to 2x the battery life of typical entry-level laptops.”

Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
Cores 8-cores
Clock SpeedUp to 2.55Ghz
GPUAdreno GPU
Memory support2 x 16-bit, LPDDR4x-4266
Storage supportUFS: eMMC 5.1; UFS 2.1
DevicesARM PCs
OS SupportWindows 10, Chrome OS

This new platform delivers fast, responsive performance combined with multi-day battery life in thin, cool, quiet fan-less designs. The lighter form factor combined with 4G LTE provides an ultra-portable, always connected computing experience. And with new AI experiences, enterprise-grade security, and advanced camera and audio technology, users can connect securely and seamlessly from virtually anywhere.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Go front winfuture
Samsung Galaxy Book Go

Recently we reported on the BETT 2021 event where Microsoft and its hardware partners announced laptops like the Snapdragon 7c-powered JP.IK Leap 304 with LTE that retails for $229 or the JP.IK T0101 2in1 with LTE that retails for $299 along with recent Chromebooks launching with similar specs for the education market. Acer recently announced their Spin 513 and we are also awaiting the release of the Samsung Galaxy Book Go, which are both powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 2.

The appeal of such devices cannot be overstated, sending students home with LTE laptops means that even students without internet at home can still be connected with their teachers and classmates. The power-saving benefits of ARM laptops is night and day compared to low-power Intel and AMD CPUs. With more options launching this year with the widest range of chipsets available to the widest range of devices, 2021 is likely to be the biggest year for ARM PCs yet.

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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