It’s been nearly two years since Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 8cx, its flagship ARM processor for Windows laptops, however at IFA 2020, the corporate is unveiling its successor: the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G, which promises some incremental enhancements over the unique.
Qualcomm wasn’t too forthcoming about what particular efficiency enhancements the 8cx Gen 2 will supply over its predecessor past saying that it might present “generational performance and efficiency gains.”
However, Qualcomm is very fascinated by exhibiting that the new 8cx Gen 2 chipset is greater than succesful of going toe-to-toe with Intel’s conventional methods. It claims that the 8cx Gen 2 affords vital efficiency positive aspects over each a comparable 10th Gen Core i5 chip from Intel in addition to Intel’s Lakefield chips (which are supposed to straight problem Qualcomm’s laptop computer efforts, and even make the most of a related hybrid core system.)
The 8cx Gen 2 additionally affords improved battery life, with Qualcomm promising not simply a full day’s value of work off a single cost however over 25 steady hours of use, sufficient for “multiple days of battery life” — a powerful achievement, assuming it really holds up in the true world.
Other new options on the 8cx Gen 2 embody built-in help for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm’s Aqstic audio know-how (which is used for “echo-cancellation and noise suppression”), and help for twin 4K exterior displays at 60fps. There’s additionally vaguer promises of enhanced AI capacities, which ought to enable for extra options like the Surface Pro X’s eye-contact feature, and improved safety performance for enterprise and enterprise prospects.
Despite the addition of “5G” to the identify, the 8cx Gen 2 doesn’t really iterate a lot on the connectivity entrance: it’ll supply the identical X24 LTE modem and X55 5G modem choices as the unique 8cx, however it’ll be as much as producers to determine whether or not to supply both.
The refreshed chips come as Qualcomm is trying to press its benefit with 5G laptops. While the 8cx was introduced in December 2018, the first 5G laptops have solely begun to reach this yr, and as my colleague Cameron Faulkner famous in his review of the Lenovo Flex 5G, whereas the battery life on these machines is certainly phenomenal, issues like app help nonetheless aren’t there for ARM-based Windows computer systems. Plus, Qualcomm is about to have some recent competitors: Samsung has already introduced the Galaxy Book Flex 5G, powered by Intel’s 11th Gen chips and constructed on Samsung’s personal 5G modem.
Qualcomm says to count on the primary 8cx Gen 2 5G gadgets to be out later this yr, beginning with the Acer Spin 7, which was introduced alongside the new chipset (and also will be Acer’s first 5G laptop.)