Qualcomm has recently unveiled its latest mobile chip solution, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, which brings generative AI technology to more affordable devices. This chip will be utilized in upcoming phones from manufacturers such as Honor and vivo. At the […]
Qualcomm has recently unveiled its latest mobile chip solution, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, which brings generative AI technology to more affordable devices. This chip will be utilized in upcoming phones from manufacturers such as Honor and vivo.
At the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm highlighted the on-device generative AI as a key feature that will set phones with the latest Snapdragon chips apart in 2024. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, already available in the Xiaomi 14 series in China, enables generative AI capabilities like Stable Diffusion for generating images based on requests and expanding photos beyond their original frames.
The question arises whether the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chip will have identical generative AI capabilities to its more powerful counterpart. Qualcomm has not yet responded to requests for clarification at the time of writing.
Regardless of the capabilities of the generative AI technology, it is important to consider implementation, as each manufacturer will decide to what extent these features will be present on phones with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset. Conceptually, on-device generative AI technology has advantages over cloud-based solutions, including lower latency as it does not require sending queries and receiving responses from server farms. It can also take into account user behavior without sharing data with others and can function in areas with weak signals. The fact that it performs tasks locally can also enhance privacy and security.
In addition to the generative AI technology, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chip has other improvements compared to its predecessor. Like other recently announced Qualcomm chips, the 7 Gen 3 features an enhanced neural processing unit for handling generative AI tasks. The chip is 15% faster than last year’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 2, boasts 20% better energy efficiency, and supports fast charging to 50% capacity in just five minutes. For the first time in the 7 series, the 7 Gen 3 also includes spatial audio with head tracking.
The Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chip still utilizes the Kyro CPUs that Qualcomm has been using in its higher-end chips for some time. However, next year, we can expect a significant performance and efficiency boost if the company replaces the Kyro CPUs with the new Oryon CPU, which was introduced in the Snapdragon X Elite chip for PC devices. During the Snapdragon Summit last month, Qualcomm announced that Oryon CPUs will be included in chips for other product lines, starting with mobile phones in 2024.
Qualcomm has partnered with companies like Honor and vivo to launch the first phones featuring the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chip. We can expect to see more devices next year, building upon phones powered by the predecessor Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 chip, such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 and realme GT Neo 5 SE. Additionally, other manufacturers may also adopt the 7 Gen 3 chip in 2025 and beyond. For instance, while the Motorola Razr 2023 uses the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip, it is possible that future premium, but not the most exclusive, Motorola devices will use Qualcomm’s new chip to reduce costs compared to flagship devices powered by the latest chipset.