New Snapdragon 8cx for PC promises to rival Apple M1

This Wednesday (1st), Qualcomm revealed, during the second day of the event Snapdragon Summit 2021, two new SoCs for computers. The new Snapdragon 8cx (3rd generation) is designed for computers that demand performance and slim design; already the Snapdragon 7c+ (3rd generation) is focused on less powerful Windows PCs and Chromebooks.

The Snapdragon 8cx, highlights Qualcomm, is the first processor for 5nm (nanometer) computers. Compared to the previous generation, the new chipset, cites the company, has 85% faster CPU and 60% gain on the GPU. This gain, for example, should boost the performance of machines with web browsing, photo and video editing, in videoconferences and others.

It has Qualcomm Kryo cores in 64-bit CPU architecture, while the Adreno GPU supports DirectX 12. 3.1). It also supports integrated screens with 4K resolution or up to two external 4K monitors.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cxNew Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (3rd generation) will arrive to computers in the first half of 2022.

Qualcomm also highlights the connectivity features of the new Snapdragon 8cx. The chipset features the X65 modem, capable of achieving 5G connection speeds of 10 Gbps (download), in addition to being compatible with the X55 5G (7.5 Gbps) and X62 (4.4 Gbps). Qualcomm also highlights the connectivity features of the new Snapdragon 8cx.

Battery for days

“The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is built on technology that has transformed the PC industry, delivering premium experiences with groundbreaking performance per watt,” said Miguel Nunes, vice president of product management at Qualcomm. According to the company, the 8cx “supports multiple days of battery life”. According to the company, the new generation of the chipset is able to offer more than 25 hours of operation on one charge.

Qualcomm also cites some other benefits that the chipset can bring to computers:

  • The 8cx supports 120 fps games with Full HD resolution;

  • Automated auto focus, white balance, and exposure enhancements in video conferencing (for apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams);

  • AI-based noise reduction and cancellation improvements;

  • Support for HDR webcam up to 24 MP;

  • You can shoot in 4K HDR resolution (30 fps) or in slow motion in HD (480 fps).

Snapdragon 8cxWith the new Snapdragon 8cx, Qualcomm can rival Apple’s new M1 chips.

The 8cx’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) capabilities, Qualcomm assures, delivers more than 29 TOPS (trillion operations per second). The company also adds that the chip “was architected to provide chip security to the cloud.” In addition to storing credentials, personal data and encryption keys in Microsoft Pluton Security, 8cx is also compatible with the Windows Hello system, which has a dedicated processor (Computer Vision) for authentication.

The bet even recalls what Apple has been doing with its proprietary chips (Arm) M1. The line, which now has the new members M1 Pro and M1 Max (also 5nm), promises the brand’s laptops productive performance and long battery life.

Snapdragon 7c3 (3rd generation)

Snapdragon 7c3 (3rd generation) promises a good upgrade on more basic machines. Compared to the previous generation, the chipset offers CPU and GPU performance up to 60% and 70% faster, respectively. It features AI acceleration with up to 6.5 TOPS and 5G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon X53 modem (up to 3.7 Gbps download), which supports sub-6 and mmWave standards. The chip also features Wi-Fi 6 and 6E (up to 2.9 Gbps).

“With the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3, we are raising the entry level by extending 5G across computing ecosystems,” noted Nunes. According to him, the chipset could benefit regular consumers, businesses and even education.

Snapdragon 7c+With Snapdragon 7c+ (3rd generation), Qualcomm intends to bring more performance to the most basic Windows computers and Chromebooks.

Developed in the process of 6nm, the new 7c3 supports integrated screens with full Full HD+ resolution, single camera of 64 MP (or even triple of 22 MP each), records videos in 4K HDR and LPDDR4x (4,266 Mhz) or LPDDR5 (6,400 Mhz) memories; it is also compatible with SSD storage (PCIe NVMe/SSD, eMMC 5.1, SD 3.0) or UFS (2.1).

The new chipsets, both already compatible with Windows 11, will be shipped to commercial computers in the first half of 2022.

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