Qualcomm presented the Snapdragon 850-soc in Taipei, a slightly faster version of the Snapdragon 845. The soc ends up in the successors of the so-called ‘always on’ devices with Windows 10, which now use the Snapdragon 835.
The new soc is made in the same 10nm process as the Snapdragon 845-soc for smartphones. Again, Qualcomm refers to the eight processor cores again with Kryo 385, where the 845-soc already suspected that it is a modified Cortex A75 cores. The maximum clock speed in the 850 version is slightly higher than in the 845-soc, respectively, there is a maximum speed of 2.96 GHz and 2.8 GHz. Compared to the predecessor, the 835 version, there is a bigger difference because it was running at 2.45GHz. The new soc uses an Adreno 630-GPU, a Hexagon 685-DSP, and a Spectra 280-isp.
Compared to the Snapdragon 835, the new 850 SoC requires a 25 percent longer battery life and 30 percent faster in terms of processor and graphics performance. Qualcomm speaks in the announcement of a battery life of 25 hours with continuous use. Just like the Snapdragon 845, there is also an X20 modem available, with which a maximum speed of 1.2 Gbit / s can be achieved. Furthermore, Qualcomm speaks about improved performance in the field of artificial intelligence compared to the previous generation.
The chip manufacturer expects that Windows 10 devices that will run on the Snapdragon 850-soc will be released later this year. According to earlier rumors, manufacturers such as Asus, HP, and Lenovo are working on this type of devices. Asus and HP presented the first laptops with the Snapdragon 835 in December. In the case of Asus, it was a NovaGo 2-in-1 with a 13.3 “screen, and HP presented a 12.3” tablet with a detachable keyboard. Microsoft refers to such devices as ‘always on’ or ‘always connected’, because they could always be on and have a long standby time, just like a smartphone.
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