When Microsoft and Qualcomm launched the first set of Always Connected PCs, the performance of most early devices was a bit disappointing. Both the companies obviously saw this coming, with Qualcomm already working on a new ARM processor that’s custom tailored for powering PCs. The company introduced the Snapdragon 850 earlier this month, which promises 30% faster performance and graphics performance, 20% better battery life, and up to 20% improvement in LTE-Advanced speeds than the Snapdragon 835. That’s a solid upgrade, but Qualcomm is already working on what seems to be the next-gen ARM processor for Always Connected PCs.
Meet the Snapdragon 1000 — a powerful new laptop chip from the chip maker to take on Intel’s Y and U series Core processors. The Snapdragon 1000 seems like a major upgrade from the current gen Snapdragon processors, possibly capable of powering desktop systems. WinFuture reports that Qualcomm is currently testing the new chip on a developer platform with up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM, two 128GB memory modules connected via UFS2.1, and gigabit LTE. The SoC — possibly socketed — comes in at about 20x15mm, which is bigger than the usual size we have come to expect from Qualcomm but it’s still smaller than Intel’s systems. With a total power draw of 12 watts for the entire SoC, the processor may even need active cooling depending on the maximum power draw and the device design.
WinFuture also spotted a job listing from Qualcomm that’s looking for a project engineer to manage test operations of the new Snapdragon 1000 and Snapdragon 845 for desktop systems, HoloLens, and…Andromeda. It’s unlikely Andromeda and HoloLens v2 — codenamed Sydney — will be powered by the powerful Snapdragon 1000, but the fact that Qualcomm is already testing the processor for real desktop systems shows Qualcomm is here to snatch the crown from Intel.