Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Snapdragon 850: Everything you need to know about the Windows 10 chip

Snapdragon 850: Everything you need to know about the Windows 10 chip

The company says that compared to its predecessor, the new platform provides an up to 30 percent system-wide increase in performance and up to 3X AI performance aside from up to 1.2 gigabits per second LTE connectivity speeds and a possible battery life of up to 25 hours of continuous usage. As this is designed for a larger device, it is clocked higher at 2.95 GHz.

Qualcomm revealed the platform at Computex yesterday. That means virtual surround sound via the 3.5mm jack or USB Type-C audio. You've got the same Kryo 385 CPU cores, 84-bit architecture, same RAM support, 10nm (2nd gen) process, same Adreno 630 GPU, same video codec and capture support, etc. Qualcomm did up the CPU speed to 2.96GHz, though.

The chip is supposed to drive a new generation of Windows devices on Snapdragon chipset, made by Qualcomm's numerous partners.

The latter comes courtesy of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, itself having some significant improvements over Qualcomm's earlier LTE modems.

There's also the Spectra 280 ISP, along with Aqstic and aptX HD audio. Microsoft Edge is also going to be re-optimized for the platform. No word on what sort of pricing we might expect, but Qualcomm has already confirmed that it's working with Samsung on at least one design. 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.

"To truly expand this category, our work with mobile leaders like Samsung is important to help us deliver the next generation of Always On, Always Connected PCs to consumers", said Alex Katouzian, senior vice-president and general manager of the Qualcomm's mobile business unit, in a press statement. It also does not change the picture for app compatibility, as it remains a software-level development task, and something that Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Arm should be spending a lot more time on in the coming months.

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