Qualcomm is working on a new processor designed specifically for Windows tablets and laptops. It’s called the Snapdragon 850 and it’s basically a sibling to the Snapdragon 845 chip that powers the latest high-end Android smartphones, but it’s optimized for larger devices that have more space to help dissipate heat, which could allow the chip to run at higher speeds.
Now WinFuture has spotted some of the first benchmarks for an upcoming Lenovo Windows on ARM device with a Snapdragon 850 chip, and it does seem to offer a nearly 25 percent performance boost over Windows 10 on computers with Snapdragon 835 chips including the Asus Novago and Lenovo Miix 630.
But is that good enough? In my tests, the Asus NovaGo feels really, really slow for a laptop with a starting price of $599. While a 25 percent performance boost would certainly be welcome, I think consumers are going to either want even bigger performance gains… or a lower price tag (or both). That said, I haven’t personally tested any Windows computers with Snapdragon 850 chips, so maybe Microsoft and Qualcomm have found a way to offer a smoother experience than the benchmarks alone would suggest.
It’s also worth noting that Qualcomm actually promised a 30 percent performance boost… so maybe the companies will tweak a few more things before Snapdragon 850-powered devices hit the streets.
Here’s a roundup of recent news from around the web.
- Windows 10 on ARM: Snapdragon 850 benchmark (WinFuture)
Benchmarks suggest Windows 10 devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chips could be about 25 percent faster than models with Snapdragon 835 chips.
- NVIDIA Reveals Next-Gen Turing GPU Architecture: NVIDIA Doubles-Down on Ray Tracing, GDDR6, & More
NVIDIA’s next-gen GPU technology is on its way… to high-end applications. The first Quadro cards based on Turing architecture are coming later this year and could cost up to $10,000.
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX & 2950X Review Roundup (VideoCardz)
AMD’s 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper chips are available starting today and the first reviews are in. This review roundup gives you a good place to start if you want to see how they compare to their predecessors and the Intel competition. In a nutshell they’re cheaper than Intel chips while offering competitive performance. But they’re also probably overkill for most users.
- Hacker Finds Hidden ‘God Mode’ on Old x86 CPUs (Tom’s Hardware)
If you’re still using a computer with a VIA C3 processor (you probably aren’t), there’s a new security vulnerability to be worried about.
- New defense bill bans the U.S. government from using Huawei and ZTE tech (TechCrunch)
The defense bill doesn’t prohibit consumers from buying products from these Chinese companies, but it does prevent government agencies or contractors from using Huawei or ZTE components.