Qualcomm today announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform, designed for Always Connected PCs. The company promises up to 30 percent increase in performance, up to 3 times increase in AI performance, up to 1.2 gigabits per second LTE connectivity speeds, and up to 25 hours of continuous usage.
This is largely an incremental release (the Snapdragon 850 is essentially an improved Snapdragon 845), though Qualcomm’s comparisons above are against the Snapdragon 835, since that was the first phone chip to support Always Connected PCs. Nonetheless, it seems Qualcomm is willing to give Windows 10 on ARM a dedicated chip, even if it’s not built from the ground up for PCs — the Snapdragon 850 will not be used in any phones.
The announcement was made at Computex 2018 in Taipei. At the event, Qualcomm also shared that Samsung would be the first to integrate the Snapdragon 850 into a future device.
“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,” Qualcomm senior vice president Alex Katouzian said in a statement. “To truly expand this category, our work with mobile leaders like Samsung is important to help us deliver the next generation of AlwaysOn, Always Connected PCs to consumers.”
When Microsoft and Qualcomm announced their vision for Always Connected PCs in December, partners Asus and HP were the first to show off Windows 10 devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets: the Asus…