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Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, an Arm-based SoC for Windows 10 PCs. Products with it will be available from Acer later this year.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 is the successor SoC to the Snapdragon 8cx, which was announced in 2018. It's based on the design of the smartphone SoC, which allows laptops to have a long battery life, fanless design, and mobile network connectivity that is always connected to 4G and 5G as well as smartphones.
The newly announced Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 is up to 18% faster than the 10th generation Intel Core i5 and 39% more power-efficient. It also supports the expansion of telecommuting through COVID-19 and has a built-in image processor that supports 4K HDR recording and up to 32 megapixels in-camera. It is also possible to output to two 4K monitors via a single USB-C cable.
Its AI performance has also been enhanced. What makes it work is the 'eye contact' feature. This feature keeps you in the camera's line of sight during a video conference. If you look away during a video conference, image processing corrects your eyes to the camera's line of sight in real-time, so you don't have to be rude to the other person.
It supports 5G on the millimeter-wave and sub-6 bands, but the modem is not integrated like its predecessor, and you'll need a Snapdragon X55 modem to work with 5G.
There are concerns about compatibility as it will be Arm-based, but the company promises to improve this as well. With Apple's announcement of its own Arm-based SoC on the Mac, it will be interesting to see if the introduction of new processors like the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 will lead to a shift to the Arm on Windows PCs as well. transition to Arm on Windows PCs as well.
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