Qualcomm now drives the PC

Qualcomm drives the PC always connected with the Snapdragon 850

Qualcomm takes a step further his firm commitment to the PC always connected with the presentation of the Snapdragon 850 , a new processor designed specifically to give life to devices with Windows 10 . It is more powerful, better optimizes battery consumption and reaches higher data connection speeds, and surely this year we will see the first devices arrive to incorporate it.

In the framework of the technological event of Computex 2018 that is being held these days in Taipei (Taiwan), Qualcomm has made public the fruit of its latest collaboration with Samsung – the manufacturer that brings this particular processor model to life: the Snapdragon 850 , that far from being a successor to the Snapdragon 845 within the mobile phone market, is actually an evolution of the latter intended first and foremost on laptops with Windows 10 .

Manufactured under the process of 10 nanometers (it is the 2nd generation of Snapdragon to leave the factory under this process, after the Snapdragon 835), the Snapdragon 850 is nothing but the continuation of the commitment to always connected computers that Qualcomm started with Microsoft at the end of last year .

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The Snapdragon 850 incorporates Kryo 385 cores that are capable of reaching a clock speed of up to 2.95 GHz (compared to 2.6 GHz of the 835), while the connectivity part of the company boasts of download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps  (with the modem X20 LTE).

Although there is still no specific data on this, Qualcomm also mentions that this new processor meets the demands that users have increasingly greater autonomy (56% of users who in 2017 asked for more than 20 hours of autonomy, now in 2018 that figure has skyrocketed to 83%). The Snapdragon 850 is capable of overcoming several days of use with a single charge .

Leaving aside all its artificial intelligence functionalities (Qualcomm opens the door for developers to incorporate applications for the capacity of the processor AI), the American manufacturer has also given importance to the multimedia section: the 850 is compatible with Qualcomm Aqstic and the aptX HD standard .

Snapdragon 850

The concept of ‘ Always Connected PC ‘ was born from a joint idea of Qualcomm and Microsoft to offer laptops (there are also convertibles and even tablets) that, above all, have good autonomy, extensive data connectivity and, of course , the whole range of Windows 10 functions that we would find in any other PC. And all this at a price in theory much lower than that of conventional PCs .

For now we have seen several computers in the market that have released this configuration (without going any further, the Lenovo Miix 630 , although in that case brought Windows 10 S, examples with a Snapdragon 835 and Windows 10 are found in the Asus NovaGo, released this year), and will be throughout these next months when we will know the first models with Windows 10 and the Snapdragon 850 .

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