Although the chip is yet to be confirmed by Qualcomm, new specs have emerged for the Snapdragon 1000 processor, and they paint an interesting picture.
Qualcomm’s chips are better known for powering all manner of smartphones, but the manufacturer recently started to extoll the virtues of them as laptop processors.
So far, the results haven’t exactly blown us away. Although the battery life and connectivity of these devices has been great, the raw performance just can’t compete with a traditional x86 laptop chip.
Rumours suggest that Qualcomm will be looking to fix these problems with an upcoming Snapdragon 1000 chip series, and new specs that have been dug up by WinFuture (via Ars Technica) have given us an idea of just how powerful it’s expected to be.
Snapdragon 1000 Specs
For starters, the chip itself is a much bigger 20mm x 15mm design, and will draw 12W of power. That might mean we won’t get quite the same phenomenal levels of battery life, but hopefully the disappointment will be offset by the 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage Qualcomm’s reference design is apparently packing.
More power is definitely needed if Qualcomm wants the processor to compete with traditional laptop processors, but the chip manufacturer is unfortunately only in charge of half the equation.
The other half is of course the software, and after having designed Windows to run on x86 processors for decades, it’s going to take quite a bit of work to achieve the same levels of performance on mobile processors designed with different priorities in mind.
But we hope that Qualcomm and Microsoft manage to eventually deliver on this promise. The battery and connectivity of Snapdragon laptops has impressed us so far, so if they can combine this with decent performance then it could offer a true ‘best of both worlds’ solution.
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