Snapdragon 850 targets laptops with 25hr battery life

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Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 850 mobile compute platform to further enhance the potential of "Always Connected" Arm-based Windows 10 PCs. The platform promises a 30% performance upgrade, 20% battery life improvement, and a 20% 4G LTE speed boost. Based on 10nm fabrication process, the new Snapdragon 850 chip is clocked at 2.95GHz, a noticeable jump from Snapdragon 835 (2.6GHz).

Qualcomm, with manufacturing help from Samsung, is launching the Snapdragon 850 chipset for Always Connected PCs.

"Always On, Always Connected" refers to the relatively new type of computer that doesn't completely shut down instead staying connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network even when asleep to allow for constant connectivity, similarly to how a smartphone works. The GPU architecture also gets a bump, from the Adreno 540 to 630 family, though it's a little less clear what this entails. This would result in multi-day battery life.

We all know Qualcomm as the company powering a lot of popular mid-range and flagship smartphones with their current lot of SoC ranging from Snapdragon 450 to Snapdragon 845.

According to Miguel Nunes, Senior Director of Product Management at Qualcomm, Gigabit LTE connectivity and extended battery life are two major areas of value for today's consumers.

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Qualcomm also wants the multimedia experience to be richer and to that extent, it will not only support UltraHD Premium (4K HDR) playback, but there is also enough processing power for capturing video at that quality.

There's also the Spectra 280 ISP, along with Aqstic and aptX HD audio.

Sprint has said that it plans to offer its customers free unlimited data in 2018 with AutoPay on Qualcomm Snapdragon Always Connected PCs from Asus, HP and Lenovo. The chipset also supports Microsoft's Machine Learning SDK.

Qualcomm is yet to spill the beans on new hardware, but it has revealed that Samsung will be releasing a Snapdragon 850-powered device later this year.