Qualcomm Enters the PC Market, Snapdragon 845 Announced

January 23, 2018
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Qualcomm has been a leader when it comes to Mobile chipsets and it still is. Now, Qualcomm officially enters the PC market through its Snapdragon 835 processor. Qualcomm, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo, Asus, and AMD have partnered to launch notebook PCs. It’s a challenge to Intel, which has been a leader in the PC central processing unit (CPU) market.

Today, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced that they will be making entry-level laptop running Windows and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile chipsets.

Qualcomm said Snapdragon notebooks have a much longer battery life compared to notebooks with Intel CPUs. These laptops come with always-on technology which means they will start instantly. It can connect to the Internet at a gigabit speed at any time, anywhere connected to the LTE network. Snapdragon Chipsets will help in making the notebooks and thinner and lighter due to the lack of cooling fans.

“Snapdragon 835 and Windows 10 OS laptops will change the business culture with long battery life and the ability to connect to the Internet at all times,” said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of Qualcomm and Terry Meyerson, senior vice president of Microsoft Devices Group.

Asus And HP Unveils Asus NovaGO and HP ENVY X2 Laptops Powered by Snapdragon X2

HP and Asus are the first one to announce laptops running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipsets. Today, Asus and HP announced Asus NovaGo and HP ENVY X2, both powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and running Windows 10. The ENVY X2 will be available next spring. Asus NovaGo has a long battery life lasting up to 22 hours on a single charge. NovaGo will be available for $ 599 to $ 799, depending on the specification.

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Lenovo will launch its Snapdragon 835-based notebook at CES 2018, a consumer products show held in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Qualcomm has also partnered with AMD, the world’s second-largest PC processor vendor. AMD’s new notebook processor Ryzen and QUALCOMM’s LTE modem chip Snapdragon X16 will work together.

“Laptop vendors can now use AMD’s Ryzen processor and Qualcomm modem chips to manufacture PCs that are always connected to the Internet,” said Kevin Lensing, vice president of AMD client computing. The launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon-based PC is also good for telecom companies around the world. This is because the number of subscribers to LTE services has increased. “With Sprint’s LTE Plus network plan, we can use PCs connected to the Internet at any time, at low cost,” said Günther Otenwer Sprint Chief Operating Officer.

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 845

QUALCOMM has also released its new flagship mobile chipset Snapdragon 845 for the next generation of smartphones. Most of the premium smartphones released next year are expected to be equipped with this chip. Detailed specifications of Snapdragon 845 will be officially announced on June 6 (local time). This product is produced by SEC’s second-generation 10nm process.

Jung Eun-Seung, the chief executive officer of Samsung Electronics, said, “We wish the success of the Snapdragon 845, which has been produced by the improved 10nm process.”

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