Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 845 plus that their chipsets will power Laptops and 2-in-1s

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 845 Processor that will expectedly be in all major flagships next year, and also in Windows laptops as well. The 845 will offer improved performance, better image processing and be more power efficient.

Also, it is now official that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset will now power future Windows 10 laptops and 2-in-1s as announced today.

The Snapdragon 835 is currently viewed as the best mobile processor and has powered 2017 flagships including the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 among others.

I have long marveled at the fact that mobile processors have become so powerful though many people probably don’t realise their potential. It is a good thing Qualcomm is going forward with this. For example the Specifications of the OnePlus 5/5T: 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, and the 835 chipset are overkill on Android. On Windows, such a laptop would be a good device for most daily tasks.

With things like Samsung’s DeX which I really love, we saw the power in smartphones. And it is a good thing putting this power to laptops because of obvious benefits.

It would have been nice having a Windows Phone right now with the 835/845 Processor. So that you have one device for mobile and laptop use by just plugging it in to a display and keyboard.

Benefits of Snapdragon powered Laptops:

  • 4G LTE: Your laptop gets to enjoy 4G/LTE. So you can have it always connected to the internet rather than rely on WiFi. Which is good for portability and also an incredible security feature as your internet connection is more secure
  • Battery: This is expected. Qualcomm estimates that with a Snapdragon 835 powered laptop customers may need to charge their laptops say once a week. Standby times will be very impressive.

ASUS is the first to announce a laptop powered by the chipset. Called Nova GO, the laptop supports Gigabit LTE data speeds, eSIM or Nano-SIM, and comes with 4/8GB RAM, 64/256GB storage. It boasts up to 22hrs screen-on time and 30 days standby.

I would definitely get a Snapdragon 845 powered laptop. For me, that would mean amazing portability. Can’t wait for the future. What are your thoughts?


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