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


Windows 10 devices powered by this processor are expected to be available in retail later this year.

We considered the £1000 835-powered Envy x2 to be fairly vastly overpriced - hopefully the next generation of always-connected Windows 10 PCs doesn't make the same mistake.

Compared to the Snapdragon 835 laptops, the new chipset promises a 30% boost in performance and 20% better battery life.

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform for Windows 10 on ARM devices.

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Last month, the U.S. chip maker launched the Snapdragon XR1 Platform.

The Snapdragon 850 SoC employs the second-gen 10nm FinFET process and houses a 64-bit octa-core Kryo 385 CPU which has four Kryo 385 Gold (running at a speed of 2.95GHz instead of 2.80GHz like the Snapdragon 845) and four Kryo 385 Silver cores. The larger internal space inside a laptop or tablet will lead to better cooling, which means better sustained performance. In fact, Qualcomm is promising more than twenty hours of battery life - there's even the suggestion of as long as 25 hours in total - even with always-on Gigabit LTE for freedom from hunting down WiFi networks. The SoC will be able to provide virtual surround sound, native DSD format, high dynamic range and ultra-low THD+N, as well as aptX HD support. Samsung definitely profits the Snapdragon X20 1.2 Gbps modem as well as advancements in the faster GPU, CPU, audio and wireless performance. Furthermore, the chipset also supports LPDDR4X quad-channel memory, with high-resolution audio playback being enjoyed on wired as well as wireless audio headphones too, thanks to Aqstic and aptX audio.

The chip is essentially a Snapdragon 845, the chip found in high-end Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but beefed up slightly so it is suitable for use in PCs.

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. Notebooks and hybrid devices based on the Windows 10 operating system will be released before the holiday season this year. It added support for the 64-bit version of the Edge browser and also allows for developers to take advantage of the 64-bit Win32 (classic, non UWP apps) SDK.