The Snapdragon 850 SoC has been designed for the Always On, Always Connected Windows PC category that was unveiled by Microsoft and Qualcomm past year alongside the such first PCs, meant to deliver long battery life and constant cellular connectivity.
The new platform shares the same X20 LTE modem as the Snapdragon 845, so it can offer Gigabit LTE connectivity on the go. 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. It succeeds the 10nm first gen Snapdragon 835 SoC that powered the last generation of these PCs, with Qualcomm calling it the 10nm second gen Snapdragon 850.
The Snapdragon 850 supports HDR displays and 4K capture through the onboard camera. Other benefits include increased modem compatibility that should see Snapdragon 850 devices capable of offering gigabit Ethernet to 90 percent of worldwide markets, upgraded audio and video codecs, and new AI capabilities that will make increased use of the Hexagon DSP baked into the Snapdragon 850 when running Windows 10. The chip is the result of a join effort between Qualcomm and Samsung. 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. In Microsoft's case that will particularly focus on Cortana, though developers will be able to tap into chip level processing for their own machine learning requirements. A lot of the the AI experiences will be hardware accelerated as well.
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On Windows 10 machines, however, it didn't quite hit the spot.
Microsoft has been making headway in this space including with its release of the April 2018 OS update. It doesn't completely rewrite the current situation, and I expect we will still find the improved performance to be lacking when compared to Intel, especially when software emulation is utilized.
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.