Qualcomm reveals Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform for Windows 10 devices

Qualcomm reveals Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform for Windows 10 devices

That's good news on paper, but we can't jump to any conclusions before we've had the chance to actually spend some time with a Snapdragon 850 machine.

Microsoft and Qualcomm brought Windows 10 to the Snapdragon 835 a year ago to enable OEMs to build PCs that were always connected with Gigabit LTE connectivity. Essentially a turbocharged Snapdragon 845, it is designed for the next generation of Always Connected Windows 10 PCs. It is for always-connected computing devices that run the Microsoft's Windows 10 OS, as most of you know.

Qualcomm noted that Windows 10 devices powered by the 850 are expected to be available in retail before 2019. The manufacturer says the chip will "support up to a 30 percent system-wide increase in performance", compared to the "previous generation", which we assume means the SD835.

With the 850, which has been specifically built for Windows 10 devices and will not come to smartphones, Qualcomm is promising faster performance, higher data speeds and even longer battery life.

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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. The new chip promises to provide high fidelity HD sound thanks to Qualcomm Aqstic and aptX audio.

A point of interest to note is the lowered licensing requirements prompted by the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. 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. With this, applications can be compiled in a native Arm64 format, running without the need for expensive software emulation, providing a better experience for consumers.

However, the U.S. chip maker says that improvements can still be made. Lenovo also joined the fray a few months later.

Qualcomm expects vendors to start offering products based on the Snapdragon 850 in the 2018 holiday season.

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