Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 850 platform, boosts "Always Connected" Windows 10 PCs

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 850 platform, boosts

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 850 platform, boosts "Always Connected" Windows 10 PCs

It was also confirmed during the press event today that Samsung is going to be the first OEM that gets to use the Snapdragon 850 mobile platform. This is chip is for always-connected PCs that run Windows 10.

Qualcomm seems to be changing its processor naming strategy once again, because logically, you'd think the Snapdragon 850 would be the next iteration of its flagship mobile platform, but in fact it's just a Snapdragon 845 designed with laptop and similar form factors specifically in mind. The platform is only now available for Windows 10-based PCs.

Qualcomm announced a new top tier Snapdragon chipset this week, the Snapdragon 850.

"The Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform is created to support many sought-after smartphone features in the PC and to stay connected to LTE or Wi-Fi so users can receive notifications and have their data virtually always synced on the go", said Qualcomm. The manufacturer says the chip will "support up to a 30 percent system-wide increase in performance", compared to the "previous generation", which we assume means the SD835.

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The latter comes courtesy of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, itself having some significant improvements over Qualcomm's earlier LTE modems. It has a faster 2.96GHz clock speed, which makes the processor about 30 percent faster than the SD835. 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.

Both Aqstic and aptX are supported on the Snapdragon 850, offering smartphone-class audio processing for microphones and headphones, something is actually a step UP from traditional notebook offerings. Lenovo also joined the fray a few months later.

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 is yet to spill the beans on new hardware, but it has revealed that Samsung will be releasing a Snapdragon 850-powered device later this year.

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