In late 2019, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8c and 7c, a pair of chips for a good deal forever on Windows 10 PC and Chromebook. Today, the company is adding the last of these two SoCs to improve performance. U Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 features a Kyro CPU that can achieve clock speeds up to 2.55GHz. The company claims to provide 10 percent faster performance than “most competing platforms”. Qualcomm has in mind processors from Intel’s Gemini Lake family. The company also claims that the 7c Gen 2 can provide twice the battery life of its competitors.
Apart from the faster CPU, the 7c Gen 2 is more or less the same Qualcomm chip announced in 2019. It features an Adreno 618 GPU and a Snapdragon X15 LTE modem. The latter allows the 7c Gen 2 to reach theoretical download speeds of 800 Mbps. As with its predecessor, the chip is designed for education and price-conscious customers. According to Qualcomm, we can expect the first Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 laptops to arrive this summer, with the first models coming from Lenovo.
A new chip isn’t the only announcement Qualcomm will share today. Working with Microsoft, the company made a Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10. As well as Anandtech remarks, we almost never see Windows development kits, but it’s a move that makes a lot of sense. Application compatibility has been an annoying issue with the Windows platform for ARM.
We don’t have too many other details on the device, but Qualcomm has promised to share more information on it The Microsoft Build developer conference later this week. The device looks similar to the Mac minis equipped A12Z Apple has provided developers to help them optimize their apps for their new one Chip M1. From the photos the company sent us, you can see that it includes a USB-A slot, SD card reader and what looks like a SIM slot. Based on the timing of today’s announcement and the fact that Qualcomm says the developer kit provides “a pricey alternative to other consumer and commercial devices,” it wouldn’t be a surprise if it comes with a processor. 7c Gen 2.
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