Qualcomm announces its second-generation Snapdragon processor for Windows 10 devices

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It succeeds the 10nm first gen Snapdragon 835 SoC that powered the last generation of these PCs, with Qualcomm calling it the 10nm second gen Snapdragon 850.

Let's talk about the major differences. Before you get super excited about this being an upgrade over the Snapdragon 845 in your current phone and that it might make its way into the Pixel 3 and let you dominate the world and laugh at Samsung Galaxy S9 owners, hold up a minute.

Recent leaks have also suggested that Dell is working on a rather unusual-sounding Snapdragon 850 device.

Now, the increase of +150MHz Turbo on the larger cores may not seem like much, but remember, the systems we've seen in-market thus far are all based on the Snapdragon 835.

Since the announcement of the platform retails worldwide have signed up to offer Always Connected PCs such as the Hewlett Packard Envy X2 2-in-1. There's also a 30-percent increase in graphics performance from the Adreno 630, which is paired with the Hexagon 685 vector processor too. The company still believes that longer battery life, an always connected device that is instant on, and a fast and constant wireless LTE connection are ingredients for a solution that consumers want and that is not being addressed by Intel or AMD today. Given that "all day", in manufacturer parlance, typically means "6-10 hours", I'd be thrilled to see "multi-day" actually mean "an entire day".

Qualcomm has been building and defining the segment and role of the Always On, Always Connected PC since it first started talking up its move into Windows 10 territory in 2017. The chipset also supports Microsoft's Machine Learning SDK.

"To truly expand this category, our work with mobile leaders like Samsung is important to help us deliver the next generation of Always On, Always Connected PCs to consumers", said Alex Katouzian, senior vice-president and general manager of the Qualcomm's mobile business unit, in a press statement.

Qualcomm expects vendors to start offering products based on the Snapdragon 850 in the 2018 holiday season.