Qualcomm Snapdragon 850: Windows-on-ARM processor

Snapdragon 850 specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon 850: Windows-on-ARM processor:

The Snapdragon 850 processor is already official and later this year you can expect the first computers with it, probably laptops. The chip is essentially a reinforced version of the Snapdragon 845 that is in the phones and comes to replace the Snapdragon 835 chip previously used on Windows-on-ARM devices.

Snapdragon 850 processor has 30% performance improvements, 20% less energy consumption has 20%+ Gigabyte LTE Speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chip is essentially an improved version of SD845.


Qualcomm offered this image of a reference design, basically a surface form factor with a main tablet body and a folding keyboard.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 850

Even this tablet will have better cooling than phones, so the Kryo 385 Gold cores now have a clock speed of 2.95 GHz, a small increase in speed over the phone’s chip. The performance will be maintained for longer as well.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Features:

CELLULAR MODEMQualcomm® Snapdragon™ X20 LTE modem
  • Peak Download Speed: 1.2 Gbps
  • Peak Upload Speed: 150 Mbps
CPUQualcomm® Kryo™ 385 built on Arm® Cortex™ technology
  • CPU Clock Speed: Up to 2.96 GHz
  • CPU Cores: 8 x Kryo 385 CPU
ADRENO SUBSYSTEMQualcomm® Adreno™ 630 Visual Processing Subsystem
  • Open GL ES 3.2, Open CL 2.0, Vulkan, DirectX 12
  • Ultra HD Premium video playback and encoding @ 4K (3840×2160) 30fps
  • Slow motion HEVC video encoding of FHD (1080p) up to 120fps
  • H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9, DisplayPort over USB Type-C support
DSPQualcomm® Hexagon™ 685 DSP
  • Hexagon Vector DSP (HVX)
  • Hexagon Scalar DSP (Audio)
  • Hexagon All-Ways Aware Hub (Sensor)
CAMERAQualcomm Spectra™ 280 Image Signal Processor
  • New architecture for 14-bit image signal processing, with support for up to:
  • Single HFR 16 MPix camera at 60fps ZSL
  • Dual 16 MPix cameras at 30fps ZSL
  • Single 32 MPix camera at 30fps ZSL
  • Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR) with accelerated image stabilization
  • Hybrid Autofocus with support for dual phase detection (2PD) sensors
  • Ultra HD Premium video capture @ 4K (3840×2160) 30fps
  • Qualcomm® Processor Security
  • Qualcomm® Mobile Security
  • Qualcomm® Content Protection
WI-FIQualcomm® Wi-Fi 802.11ad Multi-gigabit
  • Qualcomm Wi-Fi 802.11ad Multi-gigabit
  • Wi-Fi integrated 802.11ac 2×2 with MU-MIMO
  • 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz
  • Qualcomm® Signal Boost adaptive antenna tuning
  • High-power transmit (HPUE)
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Qualcomm TrueWireless™ Stereo
  • Qualcomm® Location
  • Support for 6 satellite systems: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS
  • Low Power Geofencing and Tracking, Sensor-assisted Navigation
CHARGINGQualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ technology

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Microsoft recently updated ARM Windows with 64-bit Edge. In addition, overall performance should increase and the use of energy decrease with the most recent update. HDR is also supported and the Qualcomm chips have native support for aptX HD audio.



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