Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3 Chipsets

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Qualcomm has just launched two new chipsets for Windows-on-ARM laptops, namely the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3. This comes following the launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the more powerful chipset of the two. It is the first chipset for Windows devices to be built on the 5nm process.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 performance

It is said to offer an 85% increase in multi-core performance and a 60% boost in GPU performance compared to its predecessor. Its NPU has also been bumped up to offer 29 TOPS.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 camera and audio

The chipset is also equipped with an X65 modem that offers 5G connectivity with up to 10Gbps. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 feature

The company boasts AI-accelerated echo cancellation and noise suppression. Additionally, it supports multiple cameras that include features like sharing a front and back camera at the same time. This should come in handy with the current work/study from home setup.

Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 launch

The Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3, on the other hand, is built for affordable Windows laptops. It is built on a 6nm process compared to the 8nm chip. The Gen 3 has 60% improved CPU and 70% faster GPU performance.

Its NPU features 6.5 TOPS of computing power, which is a small improvement from the 5 TOPS of Gen 2.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 features

What isn’t a small improvement though is in connectivity as the Gen 3 now supports 5G thanks to its X53 modem. The 5G connectivity delivers speeds of up to 3.7 Gbps. The chipset also supports Wi-Fi 6E with speeds of up to 2.9 Gbps.

According to the company, the first Windows 11 laptops powered by both new chipsets will come out in the first half of 2022.

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