Always connected computers have become a small but growing niche that seems to emulate the telephone segment. Features such as long battery life, fast charging, fast startup and recovery times, and mobile and Wi-Fi data connections stand out.
Although Intel has been a relevant actor, Qualcomm has always used it as an option for its hardware, traditionally aimed at mobile devices, specifically its Snapdragon (SoC) chip systems.
The laptops equipped with Snapdragon 835 and 850 received mixed critics, but the new 8cx, 8c and 7c hope to improve perception. While these last two products are not as powerful, they have lower thermal and energy requirements, so they should provide a wider selection of options.
With such a range, Qualcomm expects manufacturers to do the same: to offer a wide range of devices with additional power or longer battery life, without any of the options meaning sacrificing connectivity or performance. However, it is very likely that we will not see machines equipped with such parts.
What does the technical sheet tell us? Snapdragon 7c has a new Kryo 468 eight-core CPU but an Adreno 618 GPU, which predicts weak graphics, since it was previously used in version 730. Despite the fears, the manufacturer claims to be 20 percent more capable than the competition and allows up to double the battery life.
The 8c is said to be built on an advanced 7 nm process node that provides additional performance. Although it is 30 percent faster than the 850, Qualcomm does not reveal what CPU or GPU it equips. Just say that it has a "powerful GPU" of great graphic potential.
Both SoCs also exhibit high-speed cellular data connectivity, thanks to the integrated Snapdragon LTE modems: X15 for 7c and X24 for 8c. The latter enjoys multigigabit connectivity, with superior mobile bandwidth.
The 8cx, finally, was designed for commercial customers and reach laptops in the world of work in the near future. Also based on a 7 nm process node, enjoy greater security software support and the integration of an equally risk-free kernel.