Samsung loses again as Qualcomm announces next Snapdragon launch

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Qualcomm has announced a new Snapdragon launch event for next week. The March 17 event in Beijing, China is expected to bring the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1, its latest premium mid-range chipset. There are also hints of it being the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2, but we don’t have any confirmation yet. Either way, while a new processor is a win for most Android OEMs, it isn’t for Samsung, albeit for a different reason. The Korean firm once again lost out against TSMC in the race to manufacture a Qualcomm chipset.

The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1 is a 4nm chipset. There haven’t been many leaks or rumors about this Qualcomm processor, but we have a few details. A Geekbench listing recently revealed that the chipset (identified by the part number SM7475) has one Cortex-X2 prime CPU core clocked at 2.92GHz, three Cortex-A710 mi-cores operating at a maximum frequency of 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The Adreno 725 GPU handles graphics with a maximum clock speed of 580Hz.

This would be the first Snapdragon 7 series Qualcomm processor to feature ARM’s Cortex-X series CPU. Industry insiders are calling the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1 an underclocked Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is a flagship chipset launched last year. The upcoming processor scored 1,232 points in the single-core CPU test and 4,095 points in the multi-core CPU test during the aforementioned Geekbench run. These numbers are pretty impressive for a mid-range chipset. Thankfully, it won’t be a long wait before the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1 is official. Stay tuned for the launch event next week.


TSMC will manufacture the next Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1 is a big loss of business for Samsung Foundry. The Korean firm manufactured last year’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 and was likely hoping to get the contract for its successor as well. But it was not to be. Its Taiwanese rival has snatched the contract for the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 1. Qualcomm opted for the latter’s solution because of power efficiency and yield issues with that of Samsung.

This is precisely the reason why the American chip giant switched to TSMC for manufacturing its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. It is rumored to stick with the Taiwanese firm for its future chips as well. As for Samsung, it is losing trust in the industry. Tesla and others have also switched to TSMC from it in recent months. Even its mobile division doesn’t want to use Samsung Foundry chips in flagship products. It remains to be seen if the Korean firm bounces back anytime soon.