In December 2017, Microsoft unveiled the Always Connected PCs
lineup, which included two ARM-based 2-in-1 laptops from HP and
Asus. Both laptops featured Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip
and Snapdragon X16 gigabit LTE modem.
The previous generation Always Connected PCs were powered by
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, and as expected the
next-generation lineup will run on the latest Snapdragon 850
platform. Today at Computex, Qualcomm announced
the Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform for
Always Connected PCs.
Qualcomm says that Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform
offers a 30% boost in performance, and it’ll power the
next-generation Always Connected PCs. The chipset is designed
to offer 20% better battery life than the predecessor and it
also improves the LTE speed by 20%.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 is for Windows 10-powered PCs only, and
it won’t power the Android smartphones. Interestingly, the
processor is based on Snapdragon 845 but it’s more
The new processor can be clocked at up to 2.96GHz, and
also supports Adreno 630 GPU. The devices powered by this
processor will offer HEVC video encoding of 1080p video up
to 120fps and 4K UHD video playback.
Snapdragon 850 offers up to 1.2Gbps LTE download speeds, thanks
to the Snapdragon X20 4G LTE modem. It comes with 802.11ad
Multi-gigabit, a WiFi technology, and it supports 2.4GHz,
5GHz, and 60GHz bands. Qualcomm has also included the Spectra
280 Image Signal Processor but it only supports 4K video
recording at 30fps.
“Building on the portfolio of Always On, Always Connected PCs
established over the past year, we are thrilled to work with
Samsung to help offer consumers true mobility combined with the
productivity and entertainment features of Windows 10,” said
Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager,
mobile business unit, Qualcomm.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform for
Windows 10 Always Connected PCs offers better life and
performance at the same time. The PCs are finally on par with
the rivals, and in fact, it’s better given that it can offer
day-long battery life, and last up to one month in standby
Qualcomm also announced that the smartphone maker Samsung will
build and launch the Always Connected PC with the new
processor. It’s likely that more manufacturers will announce
the new PCs in the coming years. Qualcomm says that devices
with the new chipset will begin shipping this holiday season.