Samsung developing its own Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PC

06 June, 2018, 02:52 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 is a processor built with laptops in mind

Qualcomm is focused on expanding its chipset business and along with making chips for mobile phones, the company is also making chips for the Internet of Things devices, VR headset, among others.

Qualcomm, with manufacturing help from Samsung, is launching the Snapdragon 850 chipset for Always Connected PCs. Qualcomm only showed their big and clunky reference tablet running simple Windows app store games like Asphalt 8. As on smartphones, Qualcomm says its Snapdragon processor on PCs offloads numerous maintenance-based functions to low-energy cores to improve power efficiency.

The Snapdragon 850 SoC also contains the Spectra 280 ISP, Hexagon 685 DSP, and Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. 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. As this is designed for a larger device, it is clocked higher at 2.95 GHz.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chipset offers advanced connectivity features like 4G LTE and longer battery life.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 also uses the upgraded audio and video codec features and include support for H.264 and HEVC 4K encode and decode for video playback services.

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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.

Qualcomm revealed the platform at Computex yesterday. Aqstic support can be supported on both USB Type-C and 3.5mm jack.

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

"The Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform will allow us to provide always-on, always-connected mobile computing experiences for our customers", said Samsung's executive vice president Kyungsik Choi. It can be believed to be a successor to the Snapdragon 835 which was launched for Windows 10 devices past year.

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