Qualcomm Intros Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 & 7c+ Gen 3 Compute Platforms

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Qualcomm announced its new flagship SoC for smartphones yesterday, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Well, it’s now day two of the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021, and Qualcomm announced its new compute platforms, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3.

What is Qualcomm’s compute platform for? Well, unlike the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, these are meant to be used in PCs. The same was the case with the Snapdragon 8c, which was announced last year.

With the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3, Qualcomm is focusing on performance, efficiency, and 5G connectivity. Let’s talk about the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 first, as it’s more powerful.


The Snapdragon 8cx delivers up to 85% faster CPU performance, Snapdragon X65 5G modem

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is a 5nm platform for Windows PCs. Qualcomm says that this SoC offers up to 85-percent faster CPU performance, and up to 60-percent faster GPU performance compared to the Snapdragon 8c.

On top of that, the company says you’ll get 3x higher AI performance. The company says this platform is up to 50-percent faster than competing Wi-Fi 6 salutations, and it offers Wi-Fi 6E and 4-Stream DBS. Its modem offerings go up to the Snapdragon X65, which can provide speeds up to 10 Gbps. Variants with the Snapdragon X55, X62, and FastConnect 6900 will also be available.

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The Qualcomm Spectra ISP is a part of the package, and it has the latest 3A algorithms. It can provide up to 4K HDR content, and supports up to 4 cameras, up to 24 megapixels. Virtual Surround Sound is supported and so is Hi-Fi audio, thanks to the Qualcomm Audio and Voice Communication Suite.

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The Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 offers up to 70% faster GPU performance

The Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 is inferior to the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, though still quite powerful. This is a 6nm platform, and it offers up to 60-percent faster CPU performance, and up to 70-percent faster GPU performance.


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This chip provides up to 3.7 Gbps download speed via 5G, and up to 2.9 Gbps via multi-gig Wi-Fi 6E. This means that you can reach up to 3x better Wi-Fi performance compared to the predecessor.

That is pretty much it as far as the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 details are concerned. Both the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 will become available in the first half of 2022, says Qualcomm.


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