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🍀 Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone! I haven’t had a drop of alcohol in over a year now, but I’m sipping a nice green tea and wearing green socks. Very festive, I know. More on St. Patrick’s Day at the end of the newsletter, but first a little tech news from Qualcomm.
The Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 is looking beastly
Qualcomm has officially announced its latest mid-range processor in the Snapdragon lineup, the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2. Following a trend of excellent mid-range processors in recent years, this one nearly matches last year’s premium Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in some regards.
- Qualcomm claims you can expect a CPU performance boost of up to 50% compared to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, putting it in the same ballpark as last year’s flagship silicon.
- More specifically, the new chip sports one “prime” Cortex-X2 core clocked at 2.91GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.49GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores at 1.8GHz.
- This is almost identical to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s CPU.
- The company also promises 13% better battery efficiency, as well.
- If you’re someone who enjoys emulating games, this is great news for you, as these tend to be very CPU-intensive.
- On the GPU side, performance is expected to double that of its predecessor, although you shouldn’t expect it to compete with premium Android phones with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in that regard.
- Still, the company claims the new chip delivers better sustained performance, which has been a big weakness of modern processors.
- Machine learning also sees a two-fold boost, as do the image processing capabilities.
- A few other noteworthy features are aptX Lossless audio support, Wi-Fi 6E, and a Snapdragon X62 5G modem with a 4.4Gbps downlink.
- We pressed Qualcomm on pricing, and the company said that it expects phones with the new Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 to cost between $400-600.
- The chipset is launching this month, with the Redmi Note 12 Turbo and realme GT Neo5 SE among the phones expected to sport the new SoC.
- Now, the question you’ve all been waiting for: Where is the non-Plus Snapdragon 7 Gen 2? There isn’t one, at least not yet.
- Qualcomm chipset product manager Cindy Lei noted that “…within our new mobile platform naming scheme, the Plus represents a platform that’s sitting at the top of their tier or series.”
- Silly naming conventions aside, this new mid-range processor looks like an absolute powerhouse.
Stay tuned for more coverage early next week.
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A low-light shot of a beer glass
To celebrate this most Irish of days, I thought I’d take the opportunity to run through the origins (legendary or historical) of St. Patrick’s Day traditions.
- First of all, Saint Patrick was a real Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland.
- He is the patron saint of Ireland, and today (March 17) is the supposed day of his death.
- Shamrocks, aside from being decidedly Irish, are commonly seen on St. Patrick’s Day because he used them as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity while converting pagan Ireland to Christianity.
- At least, that’s what the legend says.
- The green-ness and leprechauns, on the other hand, have nothing to do with Saint Patrick and are just included for their Irishness.
- Interestingly, the holiday was far more popular among the Irish diaspora than it was in Ireland itself, at least until the 20th century.
- So why do people party and get wasted? Well, Christian Lent’s restrictions on food and alcohol consumption are lifted for the day, so people naturally take advantage while they can.