It is clear that the boundaries between a computer, a tablet or a cell phone are becoming more diffuse. You can see, for example,
in the latest iPad models, which are already designed (at different levels) as equipment used to work; or in some functionalities,
like Samsung Dex, which allow you to use the cell phone as if it were directly a CPU (and connect it to a monitor).
In that sense, there is a company, specialist in mobile devices, that does not resign itself to the fact that its chips are only in smartphones;
Qualcomm insists on going for Intel (and AMD, to a lesser extent) in the computer market, which is smaller, yes, but interesting; The San Diego company has just presented its new models with which it hopes to twist the balance in a market that is elusive for now: being in the heart of a PC,
something that he has been testing in recent years.
"We are not confused. We know that this market will take a long time," said Qualcomm product director Miguel Nunes. In Maui, Hawaii, the company presented two new PC processors last week:
Snapdragon 7c and 8c. They come to complete the 8cx, which already exists, for example,
on the Surface X, from Microsoft or on the Samsung Book S. All high-end devices. Now, the 8c go for mid-range equipment, and the 7c, for the low. With the same concept: the idea is that they be
Windows 10 computers, always connected to mobile networks (they call it "always on connected PC") with autonomous "several days", they said.
The 8c will have connectivity to different networks (including 5G), and a graphics processor (Adreno 675) similar to that supported for example by high-end phones. And it comes with an eight-core processor Kryo 490. While the 7c, it brings an Adreno 618 that allows playback and capture of 4K HDR video at 30 FPS and supports screens in FullHD + resolution (2,048 x 1,536 pixels) at 60Hz and external QHD + ( 2,560 x 1,440 pixels) at 60 Hz. In the demos you could see, for example, a computer that simultaneously runs YouTube in 4K, Photoshop and a videoconference call at the same time.
Now we have to see what will be the manufacturers that incorporate these chips. For the time being, Microsoft also participated in the conference, in a sample that the same apps that are running in Windows 10 for other architectures will be available also adapted to these computers.
(tagsToTranslate) Qualcomm insists on fighting Intel's reign in the PC world – LA NACION