At the Snapdragon Technology Summit in December last year, Qualcomm released the processor 8cx PC platform, based on the 7nm process, which claims to compete for 15W low-voltage Intel Core i5. During the MWC 2019, Qualcomm announced that it upgraded the Snapdragon 8cx to an 8cx 5G computing platform, making it the world’s first commercial 5G PC chipset.
The Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform will be paired with Qualcomm’s second-generation 5G baseband Snapdragon x55, which has a peak download rate of 7Gbps in the millimeter wave band, exceeding the 6.5Gbps of the Huawei Baron 5000. Of course, the Snapdragon x55 is also backward compatible with 2G/3G/4G networks in any region of the world, with peak rates of up to 2.5Gbps under LTE.
Back to the Snapdragon 8cx processor, it comes with built-in 8 Kryo 495 cores (4 big and 4 small cores that make it the strongest architecture in Kryo history) and an integrated Adreno 680 GPU (performance is 2 times the performance of the Adreno 850 on the Snapdragon 850).
Qualcomm revealed that Snapdragon 8cx 5G has already sampled customers. It is expected that the corresponding notebook products will be available in the second half of this year. And the main selling point is still to provide several days of battery life under Always Connected feature.
It’s also logical to see improved security features. The Snapdragon 8cx is built with a suite of security features and architectures, including full hypervisor support. Protected LTE connectivity, improved crypto-security, and Windows 10 Enterprise support, are all designed to safeguard passwords, log-ons, and sensitive personal information.
In addition to all the aforementioned enhancements and innovations, the Snapdragon 8cx adopts AI Engine, which allows developers to utilize the platform intelligently and efficiently, reducing reliance on the CPU alone and supporting the creation of the next generation of user experiences.