Qualcomm Expands Compute Portfolio with Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform

Next-Generation Compute Platform Delivers Breakthrough Entry-Tier Laptop Performance, Efficiency, and Features to Scale Always On, Always Connected PC Ecosystem

May 24, 2021 – San Diego – Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today debuted the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 7c Gen 2 compute platform, the second generation of the Company’s breakthrough entry-level platform for always on, always connected Windows PCs and Chromebooks with efficient performance and support for multi-day battery life. During the Qualcomm Snapdragon Compute: Scaling the Mobile Compute Ecosystem Virtual Announcement, the Company shared that devices powered by Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 will upgrade entry-level device experiences with enhanced camera and audio capabilities, integrated LTE connectivity, AI acceleration, enterprise-grade security features, and the long-lasting battery life that users deserve. The addition of Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 to the compute platform portfolio will enable customers to scale device offerings and address user demands.

“Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 brings the leading innovations of our compute portfolio to the next generation of entry-tier and affordable devices. Laptops powered by this platform will redefine mobile computing for education users, first line workers, and everyday light consumers, enabling reliable and powerful devices that feature advanced AI, and support for multi-day battery life,” said Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to bring this next generation upgrade to our entry level platform, for the very best mobile PC experiences.”

“We believe that smarter technology can solve problems, create opportunities and transform the way we all live, learn, work and connect. Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to advancing technology aligns perfectly with Lenovo™’s vision to lead and enable Smarter Technology for All,” said Emily Ketchen, Chief Marketing Officer of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo. “The performance, efficiency and connectivity of Snapdragon compute platforms combined with Lenovo design and engineering have elevated the user experience across consumer and business needs. We look forward to launching new Lenovo devices with the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform later this year, and many more years of strong collaboration in innovating the future of computing together.”

The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform will continue to demonstrate how the Company is revolutionizing laptop experiences. With leading notebook performance, support for multi-day battery life, intelligent AI, integrated LTE connectivity, and advanced camera and audio features, this platform will set a new standard for entry-level consumer, enterprise, and education devices.

Always On, Always Connected Capabilities

Devices powered by Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 are Always on, Always connected*, so that with the press of a button, users will have access to their device and avoid waiting for notifications or applications to wake up – just like their favorite smartphone. Because of the platform’s cutting-edge efficiency, these experiences do not come at the cost of battery life. The ability to seamlessly switch between trusted Wi-Fi and cellular networks to keep connections highly secure – whether for work, school, or entertainment – is a leading feature among competitive solutions. This capability also allows IT administrators to manage and secure remote devices for their school or enterprise. Devices powered by Snapdragon compute technology are capable of staying in connected standby mode for weeks – rather than hours or days – because of the platform’s power-sipping efficiency.

Incredible Performance & Multi-Day Battery Life

The evolution of the Snapdragon 7c platform brings in many benefits from the Company’s smartphone DNA that users love, including instant-on responsiveness as well as efficient performance. The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform delivers up to ten percent faster system performance over most competing platforms, allowing for smoother browsing and an overall more responsive experience. The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform also enables a pillar of Snapdragon compute technology: support for multi-day battery life. Offering up to 2 times the battery life of most competing platforms, up to 19 or more hours of continuous use, Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 will enable end devices to keep users powered whether working on the go, learning from home, or enjoying their favorite entertainment. The platform’s processing power allows users to do more at once, enabling the speed and productivity users deserve.

Built-in Advanced Artificial Intelligence

The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform allows users to stay entertained and informed while they are on the go with enhanced video, image, and voice capabilities. The fifth generation Qualcomm® AI Engine can support intelligent applications on the device to enable the latest AI-accelerated features. With more use cases constantly developed for the on-device AI capabilities found on devices powered by Snapdragon compute platforms – from accelerated security applications to more accurate voice recognition – users may find that these experiences run faster and more efficiently than before.

Enhanced Camera and Audio Features

The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform also allows users to create, capture, edit, and stream on their devices. With virtual surround sound, and echo cancellation and noise suppression, the platform enhances remote productivity and entertainment experiences. Whether streaming brilliant 4K HDR media, using an up to 32-megapixel camera for high quality video conferencing, or utilizing low-light video and photography and Hi-Fi Audio features, the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 enables immersive and powerful entertainment.

Enterprise-Grade Security

The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform also offers end users peace of mind, with built-in protections designed to help keep their data safe. In addition to the benefits of utilizing a reliable cellular network, this platform helps protect consumers and enterprise users from chip to cloud. With support for Windows 10 Hypervisor, Windows devices powered by this Snapdragon compute platform are Microsoft Secured-Core PCs. Lastly, the integrated LTE connectivity found in devices utilizing Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 enables more precise manageability for IT administrators overseeing enterprise and education laptops. This means more visible, up-to-date units for safety-enhanced computing experience.

The first device based on Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is expected to be commercially available this summer.

View the platform’s product brief here, for more information.

To watch the Qualcomm Snapdragon Compute: Scaling the Mobile Compute Ecosystem and read about the Company’s other news during the Virtual Announcement, visit here.

To learn more about the Company’s Snapdragon compute platform portfolio and technologies, visit here.

*Always On, Always Connected PCs require network connections and compatible networks.

Battery life varies significantly based on device, settings, usage, and other factors.

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