At the gates of the Computex 2018 here is a first big announcement regarding the PC world. In fact, Qualcomm unveils its new SoC dedicated to Windows 10 notebooks, Snapdragon 850.
The focus of the 850 is still the same as the “old” 835 notebooks, an experience devoted to autonomy and constant connection. All that offered by the previous generation we find on this new: always-on (with connected standby), always connected, slim design and autonomy far beyond that of normal x86 PCs.
In addition, this Snapdragon 850 adds a module for AI, better support for multimedia content , Gigabit LTE modem up to 1.2 Gbps (instead of 1 Gbps), autonomy of “more days” and computing power 30% higher ( also on graphics loads), thanks to the Kyro 385 CPU that reaches 2.95 GHz.
Focusing on the multimedia we find a strong focus on the audio sector with support for Qualcomm Aqstic, aptX / aptX HD, and Virtual Surround. As for the videos, there is, as on the 835, support for the playback of 4K video (including HDR), while recording in this format is unpublished.
We will see, probably during this Computex 2018, what will be the first notebooks, convertibles, and 2-in-1 tablet to mount this SoC.
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