Qualcomm is betting big on Snapdragon processor for Windows 10 on ARM project. At Computex, the chipmaker unveiled the Snapdragon 850 exclusively for Always Connected PCs. 850 is separate from the 845 as it has been optimized for use with Windows PCs.
While the latest Snapdragon 850 processor offers a clock speed of up to 2.96GHz, the next-gen chipset is reportedly going to boost the performance of the ARM PCs.
The first generation of Qualcomm-powered laptops shared the Snapdragon 835 with Android phones, although the processor was modified, the performance was still not up to the mark.
A report today shed light on Snapdragon 1000, Qualcomm’s next-gen processor for Windows 10 devices, reportedly codenamed SDM1000. The report adds that Qualcomm is offering up to 16GB LPDDR4X RAM and two 128GB UFS 2.1 modules for the developer platform.
“Qualcomm’s next Windows 10 on ARM chip is internally called SDM1000. Dev platform with max 16GB RAM, 2x128GB UFS. SoC apparently has package size of ~20x15mm. Maybe first socketed ARM-SoC in consumer space. All of this means one thing: massive performance,” the well-known leaker, Roland Quandt said in a tweet.
If the reports are believed to be true, Snapdragon 1000 processor will be unveiled later this year, we’ll see a new range of devices running Snapdragon 850 and 1000 next year.
Qualcomm recently announced Snapdragon 850
Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 is actually a lot more aggressive design from a form factor standpoint.
Qualcomm says that Snapdragon 850 offers up to 20 percent increase in both battery life and gigabit LTE speeds. Qualcomm is, of course, using a new X20 modem for high-speed gigabyte LTE connectivity.
Qualcomm Snapdragon now boasts LTE speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Speaking of performance, Qualcomm confirmed that the Snapdragon 850 includes a 30 percent increase in performance, which should address the concerns of performance issues on ARM PCs.
You might want to try PCs with SD 850 if you’re disappointed by the lackluster performance of the first generation of Always Connected PCs.
There’s not much difference between the Snapdragon 850 and the 845, but it’s worth noting that the SD 850 has been optimized for Windows 10 PCs.
While the first generation of Always Connected PCs was fairly limited, Qualcomm is working with the smartphone makers, like Samsung, on ARM PCs with Snapdragon 850 processor.