Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 850

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Snapdragon 850

  • Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 850 chip for use in Windows 10 Always Connected PCs.
  • The chip will bring smartphone-like features to Windows 10 devices.
  • Samsung has been confirmed as a customer.

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 850, a new processor designed for Always Connected Windows 10 PCs. These are PCs that have smartphone-like features such as LTE-connectivity and extended battery life. Samsung has been confirmed as a customer meaning we can expect an Always Connected PC from it in the future.

Qualcomm says that Snapdragon 850 will support 1.2 gigabits per second LTE connectivity speeds and up to 25 hours of continuous usage. This would result in multi-day battery life. The chip is said to support a performance improvement of 20 percent and 3X AI performance when compared to previous generations.

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 Snapdragon 850 will not be used in smartphones.

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Always Connected PCs powered by Snapdragon chips began to be released earlier this year using the Snapdragon 835. Unlike the Snapdragon 850, many smartphones used this chip.

According to Qualcomm, Windows devices powered by the chip will be available later this year. While we know that Samsung will make a PC using the Snapdragon 850, it has also previously been rumored that both Microsoft and Dell have plans to release foldable smartphone/laptop hybrids powered by the chip.

Asus, Lenovo, and HP currently have Always Connected Windows 10 PCs on the market that use the existing Snapdragon 835 processor.

Next up: Best Snapdragon 845 smartphones

via Android Authority

June 4, 2018 at 08:16PM