Windows laptops with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors have been around for a few years… but they’ve offered generally underwhelming performance, especially now that Apple has shown that laptops with ARM-based processors can be much faster than equivalent models with x86 chips.

But Qualcomm isn’t done making laptop processors. Details about an upcoming chip are starting to leak, and it looks like Qualcomm plans to skip the usual big.LITTLE design which pairs a set of high-performance CPU cores with a set of lower-power, energy-efficient cores. Instead, rumor has it that the company will use something closer to big.BIGGER, with nothing but high-performance cores, and some clocked at higher speeds than others.

Meanwhile, the company’s current-gen Snapdragon 7c and 8c chips are headed to Chromebooks this year, and early reviews suggest that while they won’t perform as well as an Intel Core i3 chip, they should at least be faster than the MediaTek processors commonly found in existing Chromebooks.

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  1. I would be much more excited about this new hardware if it was fully compatible with ARM Linux. Small thin and light laptops with built in 4G or 5G ( i kinda think 5G doesnt matter much as I get 7-150 Mbit download with 4G IRL .. i dont need more than 150 Mbit and im not sure its gonna affect the minimum – that would be worth it ) – always online but lasting 15-24 hours with sleep mode as quick as a phone but still decent power to do stuff in Linux. I know there is a linux distro for M1 macbooks but im not sure how far along they are. Its gonna be hard without official documentation.

  2. Hi Brad.

    Your link to Dish buying Republic Wireless is just a duplicate of the Cortana story.

    Just as a heads up. 🙂