Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 850 for Always Connected PCs

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 850 for Always Connected PCs

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 850 for Always Connected PCs

This would result in multi-day battery life. All presumably running on Windows 10.

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 850 mobile compute platform to further enhance the potential of "Always Connected" Arm-based Windows 10 PCs.

Qualcomm has been building and defining the segment and role of the Always On, Always Connected PC since it first started talking up its move into Windows 10 territory in 2017. While it could power your next laptop (maybe), you nearly certainly won't be seeing the Snapdragon 850 in your next phone. As the Snapdragon 850 is meant to be used in devices bigger than a smartphone, it can run at higher clock speeds without overheating. However, the eight cores get a 6 percent jump in maximum clock speed to 2.96GHz - this is supposed to provide a 30 percent increase in performance overall.

Qualcomm says that the new chip will bring a 20% battery life boost too (up to 25 hours of continuous usage), as well as a 20% increase in Gigabit LTE speeds (up to 1.2Gbps in theory), and 30% faster graphics.

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.

On the audio front, it has improved dynamic range and reduced harmonic distortion metrics on its audio codec, and both analog and digital audio output is supported with Qualcomm's Aqstic and aptX technologies.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 also uses the upgraded audio and video codec features and include support for H.264 and HEVC 4K encode and decode for video playback services.

When Microsoft and Qualcomm announced their vision for Always Connected PCs in December, partners Asus and HP were the first to show off Windows 10 devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets: the Asus NovaGo and the HP ENVY x2.

The Snapdragon 850 is built with the "2nd Generation" of 10 nm and Qualcomm was not exhausted to mention that Intel is still on 14 nm and has troubles bringing 10 nm to the market.

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