Qualcomm has unveiled its Snapdragon 850 processor, which was designed for always-connected Windows 10 PCs. That's good news on paper, but we can't jump to any conclusions before we've had the chance to actually spend some time with a Snapdragon 850 machine.
The chip is supposed to drive a new generation of Windows devices on Snapdragon chipset, made by Qualcomm's numerous partners.
"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. Qualcomm adds that it will provide a 30 percent increase in graphics performance as well, with the Adreno 630 GPU more powerful than last-generation's Adreno 540 GPU.
The idea behind the partnership was to create a new family of Arm-based mobile devices which combined the functionality of laptops with mobile "always on" LTE connectivity, thin form factors, and extended battery life. We had seen a glimpse of that in December a year ago, when alongside the announcement of the current gen smartphone flagship chipset - the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm also showcased some laptops running Windows 10, which were based on the Snapdragon 835 platform. The X20 LTE modem pushes the downlink speeds up to 1.2 Gbps. The chip is the result of a join effort between Qualcomm and Samsung. Native DSD playback, virtual surround sound, high dynamic range audio, and aptX HD wireless audio are also supported.
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Though the AI market for Windows is still nascent, Qualcomm does support the Microsoft Machine Learning SDK and Windows ML with the AI Engine integration.
Samsung is no stranger to developing Windows PCs but its latest product is going to be a bit different in that it's going to be powered by a Qualcomm processor.