Qualcomm releases new Snapdragon 850 processor for Windows PCs


Qualcomm has just announced that it is bringing its specially designed Snapdragon chips for Windows 10 always-connected computers. The new chip is called the Snapdragon 850 and will be featured in the two-in-one device powered by Samsung coming this year. Other developers will follow and we could see devices by the end of the year.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 for Windows PC

What does this mean for computers?

Fundamentally, these new chipsets are meant for devices bigger than smartphones, so laptops and convertibles were the next best choice. Being bigger, they can run at higher speeds and these are about 30 per cent faster than the Snapdragon 835 chips. The Snapdragon 850 is an improvement on the 845, which came out for smartphones earlier this year, and it’s paired with the Snapdragon X20 modem for cellular connectivity.

Qualcomm assures us that the 850 chip has been tuned on hardware and software levels to perform optimally for PCs. The new architecture is also enabled to support up to 25 hours continuous usage or multi-day battery life under normal usage conditions.

In addition, the Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform can support AI experiences on its devices. Users can also expect camera- and voice-related enhancements. Advanced graphics and high-quality audio are going to be designed to maximise entertainment possibilities.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 850: Price and availability

As of now, there have been no mentions of price, but based on the announcement, we could see these devices just in time for the end-of-year holiday season.


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