Qualcomm has taken advantage of Computex 2018 to present its new Snapdragon 850 processor. The new model has eight Kryo 385 cores and is part of the Always Connected PC (ACPC) platform, on which this manufacturer is beginning to focus, with great battery life for Windows 10 laptops equipped with one of these new processors.
The appearance, last year, of the first laptops with Windows 10 on ARM left us all a bit flattered. Yes, it is true that the autonomy of the batteries of the laptops that equipped ARM processors was much higher than that of those laptops that mounted x86 processors. However, its performance, in most applications, was still quite mediocre, always falling short of current Intel processors in the tests carried out on them at the time.
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The idea of the Always Connected PC platform is actually not a bad idea. The most commonly used programs for PC users would be programmed natively according to the ARM architecture, while the rest of the applications would make use of a “translator” that would allow the ARM processor to interpret the x86 instructions. This concept became a reality last year, when the first models equipped with Snapdragon 835 processors were launched, but the expected user experience did not quite materialize into anything solid.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 represents an important push to the sector
As its name suggests, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 is based on the same Snapdragon 845 processor that is enjoying such success in the mobile phone market today, with most high-end smartphones and tablets using this processor model. However, not everything is the same between both processor models, since the version that mounts the Snapdragon 850 has an extra 150 MHz of frequency in the main cores.
Probably the biggest difference we are seeing between the Sapdragon 850 and the previous Snapdragon 835. In fact, Qualcomm has announced that the new platform should be up to 30% more powerful than the old one, with 20% extra battery life. and up to 20% extra in data transmission speed. The fact is that Qualcomm has replaced its old Adreno 540 integrated graphics card with the new Adreno 630. The modem used by the 835 has also been improved by a new Snapdragon X20, which promises Cat 18/13.
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In any case, it should not be forgotten that the strong point of this Always Connected PC platform is the useful life of the batteries, for which Qualcomm has stated that now the batteries should be able to last several days running for each charge.
The first devices that mount the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor and Windows 10 on ARM should hit the market later, during this year 2018.