Qualcomm announces its second-generation Snapdragon processor for Windows 10 devices

Qualcomm announces its second-generation Snapdragon processor for Windows 10 devices

Qualcomm has unveiled its Snapdragon 850 processor, which was designed for always-connected Windows 10 PCs.

Research conducted by QTI suggests that in comparison to 38 percent of consumers in the U.S. and China being willing to pay for Gigabit LTE connectivity in 2017, now, 60 percent are willing to do so.

The Snapdragon 850 SoC employs the second-gen 10nm FinFET process and houses a 64-bit octa-core Kryo 385 CPU which has four Kryo 385 Gold (running at a speed of 2.95GHz instead of 2.80GHz like the Snapdragon 845) and four Kryo 385 Silver cores. That's a lot longer than the 20 hours that the existing crop of connected PCs provide, which was already impressive.

The Snapdragon 850 succeeds the Snapdragon 835, and promises increased performance, improved battery life, and better connectivity.

According to the company, Snapdragon 850-powered devices will offer a 30% performance boost over Snapdragon 835-powered computers.

A point of interest to note is the lowered licensing requirements prompted by the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. "To truly expand this category, our work with mobile leaders like Samsung is important to help us deliver the next generation of AlwaysOn, Always Connected PCs to consumers".

The Snapdragon 850 supports UltraHD Premium 4K video playback and capture, though the integration of a 4K-capable camera on these systems seems a bit unlikely. In Microsoft's case that will particularly focus on Cortana, though developers will be able to tap into chip level processing for their own machine learning requirements. "We know this is a multi-year effort to revolutionize mobile computing". Windows 10 devices powered by this processor are expected to be available in retail later this year. The platform is only now available for Windows 10-based PCs.

All told, Windows on Snapdragon remains an enticing platform.

Qualcomm revealed the platform at Computex yesterday.

Vendors including Meta, VIVE, Vuzix, and Picoare have declared themselves as partners.

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