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Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Official: Same 2nd-Gen 10nm FinFET Process, Higher Kryo 385 Clock Speeds and Dedicated for Always Connected PCs

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Jun 5, 2018
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Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 ‘Mobile Compute Platform’ during the Computex 2018 trade show taking place in Taiwan. The new chipset is meant for ARM-based Windows PCs, notebooks, and other hybrid devices. It is for always-connected computing devices that run the Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS, as most of you know. Improved upon the Snapdragon 835, which debuted in notebooks last here, there are several benefits of running a Snapdragon 850 in a laptop, which all necessary details highlighted right here.

Snapdragon 850 Utilizes Same Octa-Core Kryo Configuration as Present in the Snapdragon 845, Adding More Performance and Features to the SoC

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chipset offers advanced connectivity features like 4G LTE and longer battery life. It can be believed to be a successor to the Snapdragon 835 which was launched for Windows 10 devices last year. It provides even faster performance and up to 1.2Gbps LTE speeds. Additionally, it can deliver better multimedia and graphics capabilities, with the new chipset also providing faster AI performance.

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The Snapdragon 850 SoC employs the second-gen 10nm FinFET process and houses a 64-bit octa-core Kryo 385 CPU which has four Kryo 385 Gold (running at a speed of 2.95GHz instead of 2.80GHz like the Snapdragon 845) and four Kryo 385 Silver cores. It has the Adreno 630 GPU.

The GPU can play 4K video and supports 4K video capture at a framerate of 60FPS. It also offers support for DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.2 Vulkan graphics. Support for HDR video recording has also been provided as well. Furthermore, the chipset also supports LPDDR4X quad-channel memory, with high-resolution audio playback being enjoyed on wired as well as wireless audio headphones too, thanks to Aqstic and aptX audio. Native DSD playback, virtual surround sound, high dynamic range audio, and aptX HD wireless audio are also supported.

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The Snapdragon 850 SoC also contains the Spectra 280 ISP, Hexagon 685 DSP, and Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. Courtesy of the Cat. 18 LTE compatibility, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem provides download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, as mentioned above. The signal reception has also improved considerably because of the 4 × 4 MIMO and up to 5 times carrier aggregation. The chipset also supports Microsoft’s Machine Learning SDK.

Support for 64-bit Microsoft Edge web browser will be provided after the Windows 10 April 2018 Creators Update, along with compatibility to play HDR videos, run legacy apps, and listen to Hi-Fi audio. Notebooks and hybrid devices based on the Windows 10 operating system will be released before the holiday season this year. Will you now finally upgrade to such notebooks in 2018? Tell us down in the comments.

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