Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 850: Will Power your next Windows 10 PC/Laptop
New Qualcomm chipset to power next-gen Always Connect Windows 10 PCs
Qualcomm has just announced its latest chipset, Snapdragon 850, at Computex 2018. For most of us, this should appear like a surprise as the company’s currently fastest mobile processor, Snapdragon 845, has only started making its presence in a handful of smartphones so far. However, the difference is that the new Snapdragon 850 will not power any smartphone, instead, it is specifically going to power a number of Windows 10 laptop (and other such portable Windows 10 devices) that come under the ‘Always Connected’ platform conceived jointly by Microsoft and Qualcomm in 2017 as an answer to Apple’s iPad Pro.
What is an Always Connected device?
A laptop/tablet powered by Windows 10 which consumes and manages battery in a similar fashion that an iPad does. For example, your laptop is always connected to LTE, you open the laptop and it resumes instantly like an iPad. First-gen Always Connected devices were powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset – the same one which powers many smarpthones.
Snapdragon 850 in next-gen Always Connected Windows 10 devices
Snapdragon 850 is specifically designed to power Always Connected Windows 10 devices. It is a modified Snapdragon 845 chipset made on the same 2nd-gen 10 nm process. However, since the 850 is going to succeed the 835 as the new processor for these specialized Windows 10 devices, the comparison between the two is inevitable.
Over the Snapdragon 835, the Snapdragon 850 is said to offer 30% improvement in performance, 20% improved battery life and 20% faster gigabit data speeds (1.2 gigabits per second, to be precise). Also, Snapdragon 850 equipped devices are claimed to last up to 25 hours compared to 20 hours of the 835-equipped devices.
Samsung is the first company to have collaborated with Qualcomm to initiate the development of these new Always Connected Windows 10 devices to be powered by the Snapdragon 850. A number of other manufacturers, that have a prominent presence in the Windows PC segment, are expected to join in sooner or later as well.