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

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The chipset features ARM processors, integrated LTE, long battery life, and an instant-on resume with no hibernation.

On Windows 10 machines, however, it didn't quite hit the spot.

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Qualcomm has revealed its latest chipset, the Snapdragon 850, aiming to bring all-day battery life and always-on connectivity to a new range of Windows 10 notebooks and 2-in-1s.

The chip is essentially a Snapdragon 845, the chip found in high-end Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but beefed up slightly so it is suitable for use in PCs. The existing partners like Asus, Lenovo and HP are expected to upgrade their devices to the Snapdragon 850, but nothing detailed was announced. As this is designed for a larger device, it is clocked higher at 2.95 GHz. The new Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform will offer up to 30 percent increase in performance and up to 3X AI performance over the previous generation, as well as up to 1.2 gigabits per second LTE connectivity speeds and up to 25 hours of continuous usage or multi-day battery life under normal usage conditions. Seeing that it's already based on the current generation Snapdragon 845. There's also a 30-percent increase in graphics performance from the Adreno 630, which is paired with the Hexagon 685 vector processor too. The new Qualcomm X20 LTE modem - Cat.18 LTE - also supports almost all global operators for Gigabit LTE, by reducing the Listed Assisted Access (LAA) licensed requirement to only 10MHz. Aqstic support can be supported on both USB Type-C and 3.5mm jack.

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As a result, Nunes says that Qualcomm has "continued to enhance" Snapdragon to cater for these demands, and at Computex 2018 in Taipei on Tuesday, formally announced the Snapdragon 850 platform. It also does not change the picture for app compatibility, as it remains a software-level development task, and something that Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Arm should be spending a lot more time on in the coming months.

Qualcomm wouldn't give a specific date for when to expect Windows 10 devices powered by the Snapdragon 850, saying only to expect them in retail "later this year".

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