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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 850, a chip designed for Windows PCs

06 June, 2018, 02:51 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Qualcomm's reference design for a Snapdragon 850 Windows system.                  Qualcomm

Now, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 850 Mobile PC Platform, which it says will bring a slew of improvements to the second generation of ARM-powered Windows 10 machines.

Compared to the now shipping Snapdragon 835, the new 850 will offer 30% better performance, 20% better battery life, and even 20% faster peak Gigabit LTE speeds, up to 1.2 Gbps.

Qualcomm has announced what is technically a new chipset today in the upcoming Snapdragon 850 - and it's probably not what you think.

The Snapdragon 850 platform utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, the Adreno 630 Visual processing system, the Qualcomm Hexagon 685 Vector processor, the Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP), the Qualcomm Kryo 385 CPU, and the firm's Mobile Security solutions. Based on 10nm fabrication process, the new Snapdragon 850 chip is clocked at 2.95GHz, a noticeable jump from Snapdragon 835 (2.6GHz). Meanwhile we might soon see virtual surround sound as its now supported by Qualcomm's Aqstic & aptX audio.

The chip is essentially a Snapdragon 845, the chip found in high-end Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but beefed up slightly so it is suitable for use in PCs. No word on what sort of pricing we might expect, but Qualcomm has already confirmed that it's working with Samsung on at least one design. Microsoft Edge is also going to be re-optimized for the platform. This is hardware accelerated, not simply running on the Kryo CPUs alone, though the depth of that integration is unclear. The platform is only now available for Windows 10-based PCs.

Microsoft has been making headway in this space including with its release of the April 2018 OS update.

However, the USA chip maker says that improvements can still be made.

Sprint has said that it plans to offer its customers free unlimited data in 2018 with AutoPay on Qualcomm Snapdragon Always Connected PCs from Asus, HP and Lenovo. It can be believed to be a successor to the Snapdragon 835 which was launched for Windows 10 devices previous year.

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