Qualcomm has today announced the launch of its new processor lineup for always-connected PCs, at the Computex 2018 event. Dubbed as Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform, it is expected to be available in retail later this year.
The latest processor comes loaded with Snapdragon X20 modem and Qualcomm AI Engine. It is said to feature up to 30 per cent wide-wide increase in performance and up to 3x AI performance over the previous generation. It also comes loaded with 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.
The chipset is built using a 10nm process and comes with some improved features which can support on-device experiences for AI, and users can expect camera, voice and battery life enhancements. The chipset features advanced graphics and high-quality audio to allow users to maximize their entertainment. Users can now create, collaborate, connect and share effortlessly on their Always On, Always Connected PC.
Coming to hardware specifications, the chipset features four Kryo 385 performance cores clocked at 2.96GHz and 4 Kryo 385 cores for efficiency. The chipset comes loaded with Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU and it also supports X20 LTE modem. The SoC features Spectra 280 Image Signal processor. The S850 also supports H.264 and HEVC 4K encode and decode for video playback services, and support for extended 4K video capture from integrated cameras.
On the connectivity front, it supports Qualcomm Wi-Fi 802.11ad Multi-gigabit, Wi-Fi integrated 802.11ac 2×2 with MU-MIMO, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz, Bluetooth 5, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, low power geofencing and tracking and sensor-assisted navigation.