Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 850 for Windows PCs

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Qualcomm today announced its Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform, a new chip designed exclusively for Windows 10 devices with a strong focus on Always On, Always Connected computers.

The Snapdragon 850 succeeds the Snapdragon 835, and promises increased performance, improved battery life, and better connectivity.

Nonetheless, Qualcomm wants to transform the personal computing experience for mobile users this early with a new data plan, courtesy of the chip-making giant's new partnership with Sprint.

Qualcomm is a big preacher of unlimited plans and the company strongly believe that this will help expanding always connected device and enable new use case scenarios for people on the go.

According to the company, Snapdragon 850-powered devices will offer a 30% performance boost over Snapdragon 835-powered computers.

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Coming to the technical aspects, the Snapdragon 850 chipset houses 8x Qualcomm Kryo 385 processors (based on Cortex A75) reaching up to 2.96 GHz, along with a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, Adreno 630 Visual Processing Unit, Spectra 280 image processor, Qualcomm Mobile security solutions and a Hexagon 685 vector processing units, among other components. It is boasted to deliver 20 percent faster Gigabit LTE speeds, going from 1Gpbs on the Snapdragon 835 to 1.2Gbps. Furthermore, the chipset also supports LPDDR4X quad-channel memory, with high-resolution audio playback being enjoyed on wired as well as wireless audio headphones too, thanks to Aqstic and aptX audio.

Qualcomm is leaning into the auxiliary features of the new chip with the launch, including the wide array of audio technology. HDR is also supported and Qualcomm chips have native support for aptX HD audio.

As a result, Nunes says that Qualcomm has "continued to enhance" Snapdragon to cater for these demands, and at Computex 2018 in Taipei on Tuesday, formally announced the Snapdragon 850 platform. The chipset also supports Microsoft's Machine Learning SDK.

The Snapdragon 850 is built with the "2nd Generation" of 10 nm and Qualcomm was not exhausted to mention that Intel is still on 14 nm and has troubles bringing 10 nm to the market.