Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 850, a chip designed for Windows PCs

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 is a processor built with laptops in mind

While it could power your next laptop (maybe), you nearly certainly won't be seeing the Snapdragon 850 in your next phone.

One of the first manufacturers to use the new chip is Samsung, which will produce Windows 10 PCs with the 850.

Showing dedication to the category of always-connected PCs, chipset maker Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 850, a dedicated platform for Windows 10 PCs.

We're excited to continuously grow the Windows 10 on Snapdragon ecosystem by supporting Sprint in providing customers with unlimited data, encouraging even greater on-the-go productivity and entertainment. The chip is essentially a beefed-up version of the Snapdragon 845 found in phones and comes to replace the 835 chip previously used in Windows-on-ARM devices.

Coming to the technical aspects, the Snapdragon 850 chipset houses 8x Qualcomm Kryo 385 processors (based on Cortex A75) reaching up to 2.96 GHz, along with a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, Adreno 630 Visual Processing Unit, Spectra 280 image processor, Qualcomm Mobile security solutions and a Hexagon 685 vector processing units, among other components.

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The Snapdragon 850 boasts a 30 percent increase in performance, three times the AI performance, and a 20 percent increase in battery life and Gigabit LTE speed compared to its predecessor. Qualcomm projects a 30 percent increase in CPU and GPU performance, which seems entirely reasonable in both cases given what we know about the platform and underlying CPU architectures. Meanwhile we might soon see virtual surround sound as its now supported by Qualcomm's Aqstic & aptX audio. The chipset also supports Microsoft's Machine Learning SDK.

Microsoft has been making headway in this space including with its release of the April 2018 OS update. With this, applications can be compiled in a native Arm64 format, running without the need for expensive software emulation, providing a better experience for consumers.

Qualcomm on Tuesday at Computex 2018 unveiled the Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform.

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.

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