At the end of 2019, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 8c and 7c SoCs aimed at low- and medium-priced networked notebooks. After almost a year and a half, there was no movement. Only now has it launched a new version of the 7c.Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 The main reason is to increase the frequency of Kyro CPU to 2.55GHz, which claims to be 10% faster than “most competing platforms” and has twice the power.
However, apart from the enhancement of the CPU, the other parts have not changed. The same is the Adreno 618 GPU and the theoretical speed of up to 800Mbps Snapdragon X15 LTE modem. Like the previous 7c, the target market for the 7c Gen 2 is also relatively affordable models, especially Chromebooks, and it is expected that the first wave of products will be launched by Lenovo, which will arrive this summer.
In addition to the release of Snapdragon 7c, Qualcomm also cooperated with Microsoft to bring a Windows 10 Snapdragon developer kit. App compatibility issues have always been the flaws of Windows for ARM, and the hardware kits used by developers are almost invisible on this platform, so it should be quite reasonable for Qualcomm to launch it. We don’t know much about its hardware details. You can only see from the above picture that it has at least one USB-A port, a microSD card reader and a SIM card slot. Considering that it was announced together with Snapdragon 7c, Qualcomm also stated that it will be “a low-cost alternative to other consumer and commercial devices.” The chance of adopting 7c should be considerable. Qualcomm promised to bring more news about this developer kit at the Microsoft Build developer conference later this week.