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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 to Appear in Windows PCs Starting Next Year: Bad News for Intel

by Habeeb Onawole 13

Intel processors are synonymous with Windows PCs. For years the company has maintained a stronghold in the PC market but it seems things are about to change as Qualcomm just announced today that it will be working with Windows to release computers with Snapdragon processors starting next year. Surprising news, right?

Qualcomm and Windows

The announcement was made this morning at Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) event. The partnership will see the first set of computers shipping with the new Snapdragon 835 processor next year. The processor is fully compatible with the Windows 10 ecosystem and will enable hardware developers create next generation device for factors, providing mobility to cloud computing. You will also be able to run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps including MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, and Windows 10 games.

Qualcomm’s processors will bring features like Gigabit LTE connectivity, advanced multimedia support, machine learning, and superior hardware security features (ultrasonic fingerprint scanners?), and all this will not get in the way of making devices that are thin, fanless, and have superb battery life.

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Vice-president of Qualcomm, Cristiano Amon in his speech said that ”With compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices.”

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  • NextHype

    Yes ! Meaning we’ll see Dual OS tablets from chinese OEM with Qualcomm SoCs in 2017 xD
    You can stuff your lousy Z8300 SoCs up you fat b*tchy a$$, Intel !
    (Sorry for language)

    • Actually the Z8300 provided quite the ample performance for around 100$.
      Paired with 4GB`s of RAM I dare say it was as efficient and fast as any budget laptop out there.
      Much better than cheap Android RK and Amlogic chips in tv boxes and tablets.

      • NextHype

        “ample” may be a bit exaggerated 😉
        Z8300 may be OK for a 720p Win XP conf like a budget laptop but lacks the muscle to power up a full HD (or Retina) Win 10 conf like every tablet from 2016.
        For sure it’s way better than cheap RK or Amlogic but I can’t buy a tablet with a SoC half good as my phone’s SoC ^^

        • The iGPU is more than capable of powering FHD experience for desktop use, just not heavy gaming.
          I fail to see how you expect a cheap 100-150$ system to actually power and utilize a Retina display in professional software like 3Ds Max or heavy gaming. That’s just insane.
          As far as your phone SoC, the CPU in that Z8300 is very good and can just as fast your daily tasks and even Android games, so you won’t notice a difference, except in battery life consumption.
          Belive me I have a tablet with it, can open 20+ tabs in Chrome on 4GB RAM and no slowdown, you get that kind of experince only in 500$+ phones, I call that a super win for a 150$ FHD IPS tablet.

          • NextHype

            I wasn’t expecting quality gaming with a Z8300 device. A friend got one to replace his “secondary working” / “personal use” laptop and became rapidly pissed off by stuttering on Win 10.

            => Win 10 experience isn’t really smooth when using BT mouse
            => Excel is slow when calculating cells on tables with a few thousand rows
            => VLC get laggy when you jump from frame to frame in a 1080p mkv
            => Can’t even get Street Fighter 5 running on 720p ultra low

            Are you using your Z8300 device on Win 10 or Android ? I’m sure Z8300 got plenty of juice for standard Android usage as you’re pointing out but the subject here is Win 10.

          • I actually never experienced any lag with Windows 10, even with some gaming, I played Skyrim on that thing, and one of the latest Batman games, Arkham City I think, finished The Wolf Among Us on it.
            Maybe his resolution was beyond FHD, I’ve seen many tablets with 2K retina on that thing, which is just too much for that iGPU.
            I reduced the resolution to 720p in Batman, but it was fully playable.
            That Excel and VLC thing is normal if the device has 2GB of RAM, i got the 4GB RAM version and never had any issues.

          • NextHype

            OK thx, could you tell me which device you have ?

    • Rob

      Totally agree, the Z8300 is weak and runs hotter than the SD810! Owned a tablet with this chip in and aside from poor performance and hot running it also guzzles battery power up like an alcoholic in a brewery. The sooner manufacturers ditch the atoms the better as far as I’m concerned.

  • Tommi

    “You will also be able to run x86 Win32”, so you cannot run Win64? 😀

    • TheCudder

      They demoed a Windows PC running Windows 10 64-Bit on a Snapdragon 820 w/ 4GB RAM. Win32/x86 is what’s used when referencing that you will be able to run legacy Windows Desktop Applications.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    HOLY SHIT !!!

    this Bad Boy can run AAA games on 60 FPS at ULTRA settings , FHD ?!

    • NextHype

      I just heard from a colleague that Qualcomm is pointing out the fact they’re emulating x86 with their ARM so you should expect a loss of performance in the process. Meaning we shouldn’t be able to play AAA games from start, maybe after a few months or years of polishing.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        ah .. that sucks BALLS ~!