Today, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 850 mobile platform that’s primarily designed for Always Connected Windows 10 PCs. The newly launched Snapdragon 850 succeeds the Snapdragon 835 which was used in the first Always Connected PCs. The 850 SoC offers improved performance, connectivity, and battery life. The Always Connected PC platform is Microsoft and Qualcomm’s answer to the iPad Pro. It features ARM processors, integrated LTE, long battery life, and an instant-on resume with no hibernation.

Qualcomm, qualcomm snapdragon 850, snapdragon 850, 850 processor, 850SD, 850 SoC, SD 850In its official press release, Qualcomm says it has partnered with Samsung to develop the processor. The 850 processor utilizes the 10nm fabrication technology and houses a Snapdragon X20 and Qualcomm AI Engine.  Qualcomm also says that the 850 includes both hardware and software tuning to make it better at performing PC activities when compared to the Snapdragon 845. The 850 is essentially a jazzed up version of the SD 845 processor that was released earlier this year but feature optimizations that make it suited for Windows 10 PCs.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Always Connected PC reference design Image: Qualcomm

Now all these things are good but to ruin the fun and excitement, Qualcomm has already confirmed that we shouldn’t expect Snapdragon 850 in mobile phones. It will appear only on Always Connected PCs, offering a ‘highly-optimized’ Windows 10 experience at a relatively low price.


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