Qualcomm is not new to ARM processors for the desktop – including laptops, of course – but after Apple’s announcement to migrate all of its computers to its own line of processors, it looks like the future of consumer computer competitiveness will be built on this architecture, so the race is on.
For this reason, the chip manufacturer has announced its new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G processor at IFA 2020, designed especially for computers that use Windows and with a view to manufacturers starting to offer PCs with ARM processors, at least as far as operating system support is concerned.
Unlike the company’s other announcements, Qualcomm has not given many technical details about this processor, especially with regard to specific performance improvements, but has indicated that the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G will offer “generational performance and efficiency gains”.
The company also discussed some specific aspects of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G, including integrated support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm’s Aqstic audio technology and support for dual 4K external monitors at 60 fps. The 8cx Gen 2 promises longer battery life, with more than 25 hours of continuous use, although it will depend on what the manufacturer sets up in terms of autonomy, and we will have to see how it will behave in real environments.
Despite the fact that it is called 5G, this functionality is not included by default, as it includes the X24 LTE modem, but manufacturers will have the option of doing so with the X55 5G modem, which is compatible with the networks and the speed of the 5G.
You won’t have to wait long to see it on the market. Qualcomm has confirmed that the first device with the 8cx Gen 2 5G will arrive later this year, with the launch in the last quarter of the Acer Spin 7 that will include it by default, to which more options from other manufacturers will be added over time.