Qualcomm’s next chipset might be one dedicated to the Windows 10 platform on the ARM ecosystem. The San Diego-based chip maker partnered with Microsoft to bring support for full Windows system on ARM with Snapdragon 835 last year. It also extended the support to Snapdragon 845 early this year and now it might be preparing to launch a dedicated chipset for Windows in the form of the Snapdragon 850.
According to Geekbench listing, the Snapdragon 850 will not be entirely new and is likely to be a faster version of Snapdragon 845. The chipset is expected to be aimed at Windows 10 ultra-portable devices that rival Google’s Pixelbook and Apple Macbook Air. The listing reveals that the chipset will be an octa-core processor with the performance cluster clocked higher than the Snapdragon 845 powering most flagship smartphones.
The new performance cluster is expected to use the same Kryo 385 Gold cores based on Cortex A75. It would be more interesting if Qualcomm switched to the design of ARM’s latest Cortex A76 cores. The Kryo 385 Gold cores could reach as high as 2.96GHz, which is a couple hundred megahertz more than the 2.8GHz clock frequency attained by the Snapdragon 845. The higher frequency might be achieved with improved thermals seen on larger ultra-portable devices.
Lenovo is expected to be the first OEM to launch a Windows 10 device powered by Snapdragon 850. WinFuture reports that the device dubbed ELZE1 or Europe will be built by Compal has been spotted being tested by Qualcomm. The report also adds that HP has partnered with Quanta on the Chimera 2 and will sell its Snapdragon 850-powered computer to mobile carriers in the US, the UK and Australia.
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Qualcomm announced Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon 835 at an event in Hawaii last year. The devices powered by Qualcomm processors are being dubbed as “Always On, Always Connected PCs” as they bring LTE connectivity and offer superior battery life to those powered by Intel chipsets. The first batch of devices came from Asus, HP while other OEMs are expected to offer new devices later this year.