A new rumor from well-known whistleblower Roland Quandt claims that the Qualcomm chipset with model number SM7475 is being tested with a three-cluster CPU configuration. Given that the SM8475 ended up being called the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, the designation alone suggests that the next silicon will be called the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1.
A tweet shared by the informant cites the likely different clock speeds belonging to the new platform that may have features reminiscent of high-end. It states that the main core and the gold cores will operate at 2.40 GHz, while the silver ones will operate at 1.80 GHz.
Qualcomm SM7475. First Snapdragon 7 series with tri-cluster design. 1x prime core, 3x gold, 4x silver. 2.4xx GHz on the prime and gold cores, 1.8 GHz on silver (in testing)
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) October 5, 2022
Those following Qualcomm’s chipset releases will notice that the aforementioned specs aren’t all that different from when the company released the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, which has an ARM Cortex-A710 main core running at 2.40 GHz; three ARM Cortex-A710 performance cores running at 2.36 GHz; and four ARM Cortex-A510 efficiency cores running at 1.80 GHz.
In turn, the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1 should make a leap from the older model by adopting TSMC’s 4nm process — which will likely also be used to make the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This has already proven to be superior to Samsung’s, which will allow the new chipset to run at higher clock speeds, resulting in better performance and generating less heat.
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Also, this three-cluster CPU configuration could be completely different compared to what’s on the current Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. For example, the main core could be the Cortex-X3, with a completely different architecture compared to the Cortex-A710. Also, instead of Cortex-A710 as gold cores, we could see Cortex-A715 cores in action on the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1 — so there would be several differentiating attributes between the two platforms.
Qualcomm may showcase the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1 during the annual Snapdragon Summit, as this is also where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is scheduled to be announced. In terms of performance, it may even rival, or surpass, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.