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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 850, ready for Windows PCs

Snapdragon 850 was made specifically for Windows 10 'Always Connected' PCs, arrives this year

By: Anthony Garreffa from Jun 6, 2018 @ 7:43 CDT

Computex 2018 - Qualcomm has announced its new Snapdragon 850 processor, a new chip that was specifically designed for Windows 10 Always Connected PCs, and has some nifty upgrades and improvements under the hood.

The new Snapdragon 850 will be exclusive to Windows 10 machine and will not be used in smartphones or tablets, even though it is a customized Snapdragon 845. We have a 30% performance improvement, 20% improved battery life, and 20% faster peak performance over the previous-gen Snapdragon 835, which is great.

It's built on the second-gen 10nm process, the same node that the Snapdragon 845 was made on, with the same X20 modem for LTE connectivity. Qualcomm has performed both hardware and software tuning to the Snapdragon 850 so that it will perform PC tasks better than the current Snapdragon 845.

We should start seeing Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 10 Always Connected PCs launched in the second half of 2018, but I've yet to go hands-on with one personally yet (apart from playing around quickly at Qualcomm events). I need to get one in my hands and use it in my day-to-day before I pass judgement, but I'm pumped to see where it goes with the new Snapdragon 850 processor.

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