Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset goes official

Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset goes official

Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset goes official

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 today at as press conference in Hawaii, the next generation of the company's flagship mobile processor. The tech firms have jointly just about managed it by introducing the NovaGo. Shen said the Asus NovaGo would deliver up to 22-hour video playback (currently, most Intel-based laptops struggle to get past ten hours) and up to 30-day standby time.

"It's not a matter of if, but when all PCs will become Always Connected PCs", said Myerson. We've already detailed the finer points and pitfalls of Qualcomm's ambition, but now we can see if the company can make it stick with a new pair of devices from Asus and HP.

Impressively, though, unlike the rest of the laptop and smartphone industry, the prices of these new machines will be very reasonable.

The new Envy x2 is nearly unrecognizable compared with its brushed-aluminum ancestor, which featured all-day battery life but a painfully slow Intel Atom processor when it debuted in 2013. HP is promising to eke more than 20 hours out of the chip without a charge, and what's more, the Envy x2 and other Snapdragon-powered machines are created to deliver that kind of battery life even though they're always on and come with LTE built in.

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What this means is, multiplayer gaming on the go could soon become a reality for many, allowing you to play online games like Overwatch or Counter-Strike on your laptop when you're on the road over cellular data thanks to Qualcomm's modems.

On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Snapdragon 835 SoC is complemented by up to 8 GB RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 2.0 storage. Pricing isn't yet known, but it will begin to ship this Spring. "OEMs around the world will now be able to combine the recently announced AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Qualcomm Technologies' leading wireless solutions via their Snapdragon LTE modem family to achieve new levels of performance, connectivity and capability for ultrathin notebook PCs".

The screen flips 360 degrees and supports a stylus.

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