The Snapdragon 850 is Qualcomm's first chip built for Windows PCs

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 is a processor built with laptops in mind

The Snapdragon 850 is Qualcomm's first chip built for Windows PCs

Based on 10nm fabrication process, the new Snapdragon 850 chip is clocked at 2.95GHz, a noticeable jump from Snapdragon 835 (2.6GHz).

The chip is supposed to drive a new generation of Windows devices on Snapdragon chipset, made by Qualcomm's numerous partners.

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. All presumably running on Windows 10. We had seen a glimpse of that in December past year, when alongside the announcement of the current gen smartphone flagship chipset - the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm also showcased some laptops running Windows 10, which were based on the Snapdragon 835 platform. Qualcomm also claims its next generation PCs will offer 20% or faster LTE modem speeds. Compared to the Snapdragon 835 PCs, it brings a 30 percent boost in performance, a 20 percent increase in battery life for "multi day" longevity, and 20 percent faster gigabit LTE speeds. As this is designed for a larger device, it is clocked higher at 2.95 GHz.

On the audio front, it has improved dynamic range and reduced harmonic distortion metrics on its audio codec, and both analog and digital audio output is supported with Qualcomm's Aqstic and aptX technologies.

Microsoft has also come into play beyond the tech giant's operating system.

Microsoft has been making headway in this space including with its release of the April 2018 OS update. Lenovo also joined the fray a few months later.

As a result, Nunes says that Qualcomm has "continued to enhance" Snapdragon to cater for these demands, and at Computex 2018 in Taipei on Tuesday, formally announced the Snapdragon 850 platform.

The SD 850 will definitely improve the outlook for Windows on Snapdragon devices later this year, but it might take just one more generational leap before this hardware can have kind of impact we all suspect it will.

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