At the ongoing Computex 2018 expo in Taipei, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 850 Mobile Computer Platform created to provide always-connected Windows 10 PCs to mobile consumers. It is boasted to deliver 20 percent faster Gigabit LTE speeds, going from 1Gpbs on the Snapdragon 835 to 1.2Gbps. The company still believes that longer battery life, an always connected device that is instant on, and a fast and constant wireless LTE connection are ingredients for a solution that consumers want and that is not being addressed by Intel or AMD today.
Technically, the Snapdragon 850 uses the same core IP as SD 845 SoC for smartphones. The new Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform will offer up to 30 percent increase in performance and up to 3X AI performance over the previous generation, as well as up to 1.2 gigabits per second LTE connectivity speeds and up to 25 hours of continuous usage or multi-day battery life under normal usage conditions. Thermal tuning should be more fitting to a laptop form factor than a smartphone and will still allow for sleek, fanless designs. "Gigabit LTE is extremely important from a network capacity and coverage point of view, and is also the foundation and building block as networks prepare for the move to 5G". 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. The chipset also supports Microsoft's Machine Learning SDK. The company will use the chip for its upcoming always connected PC which is said to be due later this year.
Futhermore, Qualcomm mentioned that the Snapdragon 850 integrates an AI engine that can be leveraged by third party developers. The platform is only now available for Windows 10-based PCs.More news: Browns' Damarious Randall Promises Everyone Jerseys If Cavs Win Finals
The Snapdragon 850 is now official and later this year you can expect the first computers with it likely laptops and 2-in-1s.
Last month, the United States chip maker launched the Snapdragon XR1 Platform. 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.