Qualcomm Officially Unveils Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 for PCs

Posted on September 3, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile, Windows 10 with 32 Comments

It was leaked last month by Samsung, but Qualcomm has made the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Compute Platform official, claiming a 50 percent performance boost over last year’s lackluster original version.

“Working remotely is the new reality, and more businesses are looking to quickly and securely connect their employee base, accelerating the need for always on, always connected PCs that are thin, light and truly mobile, equipped with blazing fast 5G cellular and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and coupled with multi-day battery-life to boost productivity,” Qualcomm senior director Miguel Nunes said in a prepared statement.

To say that the Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 on ARM platform has been a disappointment so far is the understatement of the decade, and one naturally wonders when Microsoft and Qualcomm will simply throw in the towel. But hope springs eternal. And maybe this terribly-named chipset, combined with some future x64 app compatibility, will make a difference.

Aside from the 50 percent performance improvement—a low bar—the 8cx Gen 2 uses the Qualcomm Aqstic echo cancellation and noise suppression (ECNS) technologies to provide “quality audio and camera experiences,” Qualcomm says. There’s also a Qualcomm Spectra ISP that enables internal cameras to support up to 4K HDR and 32 MPs of resolution. That’s about it for the new stuff: The 8cx Gen 2 is the second compute platform from Qualcomm to offer 5G connectivity using both Sub-6 GHz and 5G mmWave technologies.

The first (and probably only) PCs powered by this chipset will ship this holiday season.

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