PCs powered by Qualcomm's first-generation Snapdragon PC processor struggled with performance issues while providing incredible all-day battery life. Qualcomm has addressed these problems with the new Snapdragon 850, adding 30 percent more performance while extending its already incredible battery life another 20 percent to what it now calls "multi-day" longevity. If you expected this second generation of Always Connected PCs (ACPCs) to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm showed off last year, you'd be forgiven. But that chip was specifically designed for phones, while the new 850--powered by a 2.95GHz Kryo CPU--was optimized for the PC, Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management at Qualcomm, said in advance of the Computex trade show in Taipei. What makes the Snapdragon 850 PCs special, boils down to three numbers: 30 percent more performance (including graphics) than the Snapdragon 835, with 20 percent more battery life and 20 percent faster gigabit LTE speeds.
Qualcomm's efforts to put its Snapdragon chips into PCs have historically run into one major obstacle: The performance simply isn't competitive with that of chips from Intel and AMD. Now Qualcomm is trying again, with what it's calling an "extreme" version of the Snapdragon: the Snapdragon 8cx. Qualcomm's promising that the 8cx will offer the equivalent performance of the competition's 15-watt processor offerings--though it's not saying which one. At the same time, Qualcomm is promising more of its traditional strength: an incredible 25 hours of battery life, plus support for niceties like LPDDR4X memory, NVMe SSDs, USB 3.1, and four PCI Express lanes. Executives said that the company has already designed the Snapdragon 835 and 845 for PCs and isn't abandoning the old design.
MAUI, HAWAII: At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the tech giant revealed the Snapdragon 8cx compute platform, the first 7nm design for PCs in Qualcomm's lineup. Sanjay Mehta, senior VP of the Compute Products group at Qualcomm told attendees at the conference on Thursday that the latest addition is an "extreme" addition to the Always-on Connected hardware product range. Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management for Qualcomm, added that the chip offers "extreme performance, extreme battery life, and extreme connectivity" for consumers. The hardware will coexist with the Snapdragon 850 as a new, premium chip rather than replace existing products. The 8cx compute platform is the first 7nm platform offered for PCs by the US chip giant, one of which Nunes calls a "new tier in premium computing."
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 850 mobile compute platform to further enhance the potential of "Always Connected" Arm-based Windows 10 PCs. Last year, Qualcomm and Microsoft introduced Windows 10 to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile PC platform to create "always connected" laptops with Gigabit LTE connectivity. The idea behind the partnership was to create a new family of Arm-based mobile devices which combined the functionality of laptops with mobile "always on" LTE connectivity, thin form factors, and extended battery life. Since the announcement of the platform retails worldwide have signed up to offer Always Connected PCs such as the Hewlett Packard Envy X2 2-in-1. However, the US chip maker says that improvements can still be made.