Qualcomm Announced New Processor for Laptops: Features and Specs Revealed

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Chipset manufacturer, Qualcomm, has recently announced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 compute platform for PCs almost two years after revealing its predecessor. 

The news was unveiled at the virtual IFA 2020 event today (September 3). Qualcomm stated that the new processor features 5G connectivity and supports Wi-Fi 6. The users’ experience will indeed be improved, as the company described it as, “always-connected.” 

The chipset also comes with AI-accelerated experiences, advanced camera, audio features, and much more. Here is what you need to know. 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 Features and Specs: What to Expect

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 packs an octa-core Kryo 495 CPU paired with 4x Cortex-A76 and 4x Cortex-A55 cores. It also includes the Adreno 680 “Extreme” GPU that Qualcomm is very proud of and said that it is its most mighty GPU to date. 

However, all the power will apparently not arrive at the expense of efficiency, with the company stating that laptops powered by this processor will bring twice the battery life compared to traditional laptops. 

As for the 5G connectivity, it will be offered by the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF system. It supports 5G connectivity with peak download speeds of up to 7Gbps and peak upload speeds of 3Gbps. 

Other hardware details include the Qualcomm Spectra 390 ISP with support for 4k HDR videos and the Qualcomm 690 DSP. The processor comes, too, with support for Qualcomm’s 4th-gen AI Engine with 9 TOPS performance. 

Overall, the new Qualcomm chipset is more of an evolution over its predecessor, offering relatively minor improvements rather than significantly game-changing features or more powerful hardware. Devices powered by Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 will hit the market before the end of this year.

Alongside the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2’s launch, the chipset manufacturer also confirmed that it’d bring a new Adaptive ANC tech for Bluetooth earphones and 5G to Snapdragon 4-series chipsets. 

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