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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 850

Snapdragon 850

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 850, a mobile compute platform designed to allow manufacturers to build always-on PCs that bring smartphone features such as LTE-connectivity and extended battery life to PCs.

Qualcomm says that it will support 1.2 gigabits per second LTE connectivity speeds and up to 25 hours of continuous usage. This would result in multi-day battery life.

The chip is essentially a Snapdragon 845, the chip found in high-end Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but beefed up slightly so it is suitable for use in PCs. The Snapdragon 850 will not be used in smartphones.

Always on PCs powered by Snapdragon chips began to be released earlier this year using the Snapdragon 835 chip. However, unlike the Snapdragon 850, this was a chip that was also used in many smartphones.

According to Qualcomm, Windows devices powered by the chip will be available later this year. Samsung has been confirmed as the first OEM to implement the chip. It has also been previously been rumored that both Microsoft and Dell have plans to release foldable smartphone/laptop hybrids that run using the 850.

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