Windows 10 on ARM laptops haven’t made much of an impact so
far, despite the close partnership between Microsoft and
According to reports, Windows 10 on ARM laptops could soon get
another boost with Qualcomm’s rumoured Snapdragon 7cx Gen2
chip, which could power much more affordable ‘always-on and
always connected’ notebooks.
The cheapest Windows 10 on ARM device starts at $599 and they
cost even more if you buy flagship products from companies like
Microsoft and HP. At the moment, the options for Windows 10 on
ARM PCs are very limited and we don’t have budget-friendly or
mid-range options as compared to Intel or AMD notebooks.
addition to Apple M1-rival, Qualcomm is also believed to be
working on Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 and the chip is internally
codenamed ‘SC7295’. In terms of performance, Snapdragon 7c
Gen2 is similar to Snapdragon 775, a processor designed for
flagship Android phones.
Snapdragon 7c Gen2 for Windows 10 will offer a maximum clock
speed of 2.7GHz. It will have three “big” cores with a clock
speed of 2.4GHz and four “little” cores with up to 1.8GHz clock
speed. According to earlier reports, the processor is
being tested on a 64-bit version of Windows 10 on ARM.
Unfortunately, little information about the processor has
leaked online. For example, we don’t know the release date, TDP
value, and whether or not it will use improved thermal design
power to reduce overheating.
Snapdragon on Windows 10 is about to get a power boost
A lack of power for the mid-range devices was the most common
complaint among reviews of the first laptops running on the
Snapdragon 8xx. By adding more PC-optimized chips to the
Snapdragon lineup, Qualcomm could finally boost the performance
of Windows on ARM.
As noted above, Qualcomm is also working on a high-end
processor codenamed “SC8280” to compete against the likes of
Apple M1. We’re likely several months off from an announcement
for both new processors release
Judging by these new details, it looks like Qualcomm is finally
serious about Windows 10 on ARM’s future, especially after the
successful launch of Apple M1.