Snapdragon 850: Everything you need to know about the Windows 10 chip

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

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

In an official announcement, Qualcomm Technologies's senior vice president and general manager, mobile business unit, Alex Katouzian, enthused the benefits this chip will bring to new devices in the near future.

Microsoft and Qualcomm brought Windows 10 to the Snapdragon 835 a year ago to enable OEMs to build PCs that were always connected with Gigabit LTE connectivity.

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 850 processor, which will power the next generation of always-connected Windows 10 devices. The company also announced that its competitor-slash-customer Samsung would be the first manufacturing partner to offer a Windows 10 PC with the new chip as its beating heart. We had seen a glimpse of that in December a year ago, 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.

The Snapdragon 850 comes with the same X20 modem as the 845, allowing it to support downlink speeds of 1.2Gbps, and includes the same 10nm Kryo 385 CPU with its eight cores, though they can reach a faster 2.96GHz, as opposed to 2.6GHz. However, the eight cores get a 6 percent jump in maximum clock speed to 2.96GHz - this is supposed to provide a 30 percent increase in performance overall. Qualcomm projects a 30 percent increase in CPU and GPU performance, which seems entirely reasonable in both cases given what we know about the platform and underlying CPU architectures. That means virtual surround sound via the 3.5mm jack or USB Type-C audio.

Stephen Curry Speaks Highly of LeBron James Ahead of Game 1
Instead, Steve Kerr and company will likely adjust the game plan to prevent the Cavs from being this close from here on out. He missed the second, but the Cavs still had a shot to win the game since they got the ball back on the rebound.

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

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.

However, the United States chip maker says that improvements can still be made.

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