Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Snapdragon 850 targets laptops with 25hr battery life

Snapdragon 850 targets laptops with 25hr battery life

Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered computers didn't exactly take off this year, but the smartphone processor maker hopes to turn things around with its new Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor designed specifically for Always Connected PCs. The company also claims that the new chip is expected to offer 30% better performance and 20% more battery life than the 835.

These performance increases come thanks to Qualcomm tuning its 2nd generation 10nm process, specifically for computing and making improvements to power delivery.

We all know Qualcomm as the company powering a lot of popular mid-range and flagship smartphones with their current lot of SoC ranging from Snapdragon 450 to Snapdragon 845.

The Snapdragon 850 platform utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, the Adreno 630 Visual processing system, the Qualcomm Hexagon 685 Vector processor, the Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP), the Qualcomm Kryo 385 CPU, and the firm's Mobile Security solutions.

While the move from a 1.0 Gbps to a 1.2 Gbps capable modem might not sound overly exciting as the peak speeds of most domestic networks don't reach that, the impact of a better performing modem has additional benefits.

If you look at the Snapdragon 850 specs and compare them to the Snapdragon 845, it actually looks like it's the exact same chip, only tweaked a bit to work with PCs that run Windows. No word on what sort of pricing we might expect, but Qualcomm has already confirmed that it's working with Samsung on at least one design.

On Windows 10 machines, however, it didn't quite hit the spot.

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.

However, the U.S. chip maker says that improvements can still be made.

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.

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