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Computex 2018: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC for Windows 10 powered ‘Always Connected PC’ announced

Qualcomm is promising fast connectivity and longer battery life of up to two days for Windows 10 powered always-connected PCs.

  • Published: June 5, 2018 7:43 AM IST
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Last year, at Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform and Snapdragon 835 platform optimized for Windows 10 powered “always connected PCs.” Now, at Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan, Qualcomm has announced the all-new Snapdragon 850 mobile compute platform. Designed for Windows 10 powered devices, Qualcomm is promising a battery life of up to two days.

Built on 10nm process, the Snapdragon 850 SoC comes with Kryo 385 CPU with 8 cores, and maximum clock speed of 2.95GHz. The new chipset also offers a 30 percent performance improvement, 20 percent more battery life and over 20 percent faster Gigabit LTE speeds (1.2Gbps) with X20 LTE modem compared to Snapdragon 835 chipset, Qualcomm said in a press release. New changes coming to Snapdragon 850 SoC include high fidelity built-in audio, with virtual surround sound, and aptX HD support.

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The Snapdragon 850 also supports Ultra HD Premium content playback, and 4K video capture support too. With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) being a focus for most tech companies, Qualcomm doesn’t want to be far behind. It will enable developers to make use of Microsoft Machine Learning SDK to enable new experiences on the platform.

With Snapdragon 850 SoC Qualcomm is also offering OEMs to work with new form factors, making way for sleek and innovative designs. Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon 850 SoC are expected to hit the market in the coming months.

And while the first batch of devices came from the likes of HP, Asus, and other OEMs, there is no word on which companies are bringing always-connected PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC.

  • Published Date: June 5, 2018 7:43 AM IST