For 2018's flagship chipset, then, it's more of what makes Windows 10 on ARM so appealing: battery life and connectivity.
The first batch of always-connected PCs use the Snapdragon 835, which powered some of best smartphones of 2017, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, Pixel 2 and OnePlus 5T. As the Snapdragon 850 is meant to be used in devices bigger than a smartphone, it can run at higher clock speeds without overheating.
In addition, there is increased support for artificial intelligence (AI) and multimedia applications.
A particular focus has been also placed on laptop form factors, with improved thermal and CPU management. The X20 LTE modem pushes the downlink speeds up to 1.2 Gbps.
This may encourage more vendors to explore the "Always Connected" mobile device business. "Gigabit LTE is extremely important from a network capacity and coverage point of view, and is also the foundation and building block as networks prepare for the move to 5G". The chipset also supports Microsoft's Machine Learning SDK. To our knowledge, Qualcomm is going to have Snapdragon 855 (maybe 860 or even 1000 brand for PC) powered with Snapdragon X50 5G machine in 2019 too.
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That promise of "Always-On, Always-Connected" PC is impressive to say the least, and Qualcomm wants to build up on that.
Finally, though performance is one of the key hurdles that Qualcomm still needs to address to further the proliferation of its Windows 10 solution, the second jump must be over compatibility.
The Snapdragon 850 is now official and later this year you can expect the first computers with it likely laptops and 2-in-1s.
All told, Windows on Snapdragon remains an enticing platform.
These performance increases come thanks to Qualcomm tuning its 2nd generation 10nm process, specifically for computing and making improvements to power delivery.
Vendors including Meta, VIVE, Vuzix, and Picoare have declared themselves as partners.