At the IFA event 2020, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx 2 5G, the second generation of ARM based chips for Windows laptops.
Quite a few improvements have been made, but sadly Qualcomm hasn’t disclosed the areas it worked on. However, Qualcomm promised that the successor provides “generational performance and efficiency gains”. Moreover, the company also emphasized on comparing the chips with the competitor chips manufactured by Intel. Qualcomm claims sufficient performance gains with comparison to the 10th Gen Core i5 processor and even Intel’s Lakefield chips.
The 8cx powered ARM laptops will offer 25 hours battery life on continuous use. Snapdragon 8cx also offers other features like Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support, Qualcomm’s Aqstic audio technology, and support for dual external 4K monitors at 60 fps.
Although the branding has the “5G” tag, the 8cx remains quite similar to its predecessor in terms of its connectivity as the same X24 LTE modem and X55 5G modem options of the original 8cs are provided. With ultrabooks powered by Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake Processors already approaching the market, a stiff competition for the ultrabook market is expected.