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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx: the real rival to Intel for the PC (Page 1)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx: the real rival to Intel for the PC

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx is a very, very big deal... as it will face Intel for the hot seat in the Windows market

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 20, 2018 @ 10:00 CST

Introduction

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Qualcomm hosted over 300 press and analysts in Maui, Hawaii last week for the annual Snapdragon Summit, an event where all things Snapdragon are discussed and new chips, products, and partnerships are unveiled.

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The company unveiled its new Snapdragon 855 processor at the event, with 5G technology infused but also unveiled something surprising: the new Snapdragon 8cx.

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By its name alone it might not sound like much, but Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx is a step in the right direction for a much bigger fight than people can see right now: domination against Intel in the laptop market. Qualcomm has been pushing its Always On, Always Connected PCs that will mark one of the largest shifts in the laptop market, ever.

You might not believe that statement, but just on battery life alone we're being promised in excess of 20 hours of battery life, which is something no Intel-powered laptop is capable of.

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The new Snapdragon 8cx is made up of a bunch of smaller parts that make up the craziest SoC ever announced. We have the new Adreno 680 GPU which is better than ever, the Kryo 495 CPU, and Hexagon 690 DSP. Qualcomm has included the Snapdragon X24 modem which is capable of delivering up to 2Gbps over LTE (yes, 2Gbps!) while we have the Spectra 390 ISP, the usual high-end Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and Qualcomm's own Processor Security.

All-in-all, the Snapdragon 8cx is an amazing mix of technologies and power, ready to rock the worlds of the laptop and Windows 10 tablet markets.

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