Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 850 for Always Connected PCs

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 is a processor built with laptops in mind

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 is a processor built with laptops in mind

Compared with the Snapdragon 835, then, the Snapdragon 850 offers a straight-line maximum clock increase of roughly 20 percent, on top of the architectural improvements from moving to the Snapdragon 845 / Cortex-A75 architecture.

Efficiency is also improved on each sub-core, giving Qualcomm the ability to lower idle and active power draw, increasing the battery life estimates of the total platform.

We all know Qualcomm as the company powering a lot of popular mid-range and flagship smartphones with their current lot of SoC ranging from Snapdragon 450 to Snapdragon 845. That includes the Kryo 385 CPU, Adreno 630 GPU, Spectra 280 ISP, Hexagon 685 DSP/vector processor (a new naming shift), and the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem.

Futhermore, Qualcomm mentioned that the Snapdragon 850 integrates an AI engine that can be leveraged by third party developers.

Qualcomm said the Snapdragon 850 will have enhanced entertainment features, too, including virtual surround sound, native DSD support, aptX HD, and 4K capture.

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Of course, the Snapdragon 850 is expected to be substantially better than the Snapdragon 835 that is now in use with Always Connected PCs. The chip is the result of a join effort between Qualcomm and Samsung. Aqstic support can be supported on both USB Type-C and 3.5mm jack. All presumably running on Windows 10.

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

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.

Qualcomm on Tuesday at Computex 2018 unveiled the Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform.

However, the USA chip maker says that improvements can still be made. Windows 10 devices powered by this processor are expected to be available in retail later this year.

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