Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 850

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 850

The platform promises a 30% performance upgrade, 20% battery life improvement, and a 20% 4G LTE speed boost.

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.

The first batch of always-connected PCs use the Snapdragon 835, which powered some of best smartphones of 2017, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, Pixel 2 and OnePlus 5T.

"Always On, Always Connected" refers to the relatively new type of computer that doesn't completely shut down instead staying connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network even when asleep to allow for constant connectivity, similarly to how a smartphone works. The HP Envy x2, Asus NovaGo and Lenovo Miix 630 all have incredibly impressive battery life, but performance can also be extremely sluggish, and there are software compatibility issues too. This would result in multi-day battery life.

Beyond core performance, the Snapdragon 850 also comes with a new Snapdragon x20 LTE modem, allowing PCs to tap into the 10MHz Licensed LTE band for greater worldwide connectivity. As this is designed for a larger device, it is clocked higher at 2.95 GHz.

Qualcomm has announced what is technically a new chipset today in the upcoming Snapdragon 850 - and it's probably not what you think.

A point of interest to note is the lowered licensing requirements prompted by the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. The SoC will be able to provide virtual surround sound, native DSD format, high dynamic range and ultra-low THD+N, as well as aptX HD support.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update brings support for HDR video, Hi-Fi Audio, 64-bit Edge browser and more to Snapdragon powered Windows 10 PCs.

The Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform is a needed step in Qualcomm's journey towards competitive performance and revolutionary feature integration for Windows PCs.

Qualcomm expects partners will be shipping new devices with the Snapdragon 850 sometime this holiday season; around November or December.

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