Qualcomm announced a second-generation Snapdragon 7c Arm-powered processor designed for use in entry-level Windows PCs and Chromebooks. The biggest change to the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 (the official name) seems to be a slowdown in clock speed, which Anandtech reports is a jump from 2.4 GHz to 2.55 GHz. And like the original Snapdragon 7c, it offers built-in LTE connectivity so you can connect to cellular networks, and Qualcomm promises that it will support “multi-day battery life.”
The first device with the chip is expected to arrive “this summer,” Qualcomm said in a press release, and Lenovo has already promised to release new devices using the 7c Gen 2 “later this year.”
More and more chipmakers are making more and more Arm-based chips, which promise better performance and energy efficiency. The first Snapdragon 7c was only used in a handful of Chromebooks, so we’ll have to see if this new chip offers enough to attract more device makers, but Lenovo’s commitment to making devices with the chip this year is a promising sign. .
Qualcomm is also running up against Apple and its powerful M1 chip, which you can now find in MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Minis, iMacs, and iPad Pros. These devices are all more expensive than the type of machine the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is targeted for, however, and it’s possible that Qualcomm’s new chip could bring some of the benefits of Arm-based processors to less expensive devices (and not Apple). .