The Snapdragon 850 is Qualcomm's first chip built for Windows PCs

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

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

As Qualcomm explains it, the Snapdragon 850 was "designed to support many sought-after smartphone features in the PC", which means connectivity at all times through LTE or WiFi.

Futhermore, Qualcomm mentioned that the Snapdragon 850 integrates an AI engine that can be leveraged by third party developers.

We'll see the first Windows 10 on ARM devices built on the Snapdragon 850 hitting the market later in 2018.

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"Always On, Always Connected" refers to the relatively new type of computer that doesn't completely shut down instead staying connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network even when asleep to allow for constant connectivity, similarly to how a smartphone works. Additionally, it can deliver better multimedia and graphics capabilities, with the new chipset also providing faster AI performance. This is clearly covering the first-generation devices powered by Snapdragon 835, such as the one we reviewed a while ago. It has a faster 2.96GHz clock speed, which makes the processor about 30 percent faster than the SD835.

Beyond core performance, the Snapdragon 850 also comes with a new Snapdragon x20 LTE modem, allowing PCs to tap into the 10MHz Licensed LTE band for greater global connectivity. The X20 LTE modem pushes the downlink speeds up to 1.2 Gbps.

Qualcomm is leaning into the auxiliary features of the new chip with the launch, including the wide array of audio technology.

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There's also the Spectra 280 ISP, along with Aqstic and aptX HD audio.

As a result, Nunes says that Qualcomm has "continued to enhance" Snapdragon to cater for these demands, and at Computex 2018 in Taipei on Tuesday, formally announced the Snapdragon 850 platform.

The Snapdragon 850 supports UltraHD Premium 4K video playback and capture, though the integration of a 4K-capable camera on these systems seems a bit unlikely. Microsoft Edge is also going to be re-optimized for the platform. Windows 10 devices powered by this processor are expected to be available in retail later this year.

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