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The Snapdragon 820 Can’t (Really) Support Windows x86 Applications Afterall

by Habeeb Onawole 20

A few days ago, we reported that Qualcomm and Microsoft have a partnership that will put Snapdragon chips in PCs starting next year. During the event, there was a live demo of a PC powered by a Snapdragon 820 running Windows x86 apps (video below).

Snapdragon 820

The video shows legacy windows apps like Edge Browser and Photoshop launched with no issues. However new reports are saying the processor can’t really handle x86 apps very well and hence the reason for settling for the Snapdragon 835 chips.

This comes as bad news for manufacturers who might have planned to use the still recent processor in devices next year. The Snapdragon 820 chip would have been a cheaper alternative for manufacturers who want to release their own Windows devices that can run x86 apps, since using a Snapdragon 835 chip will most definitely increase the final price of the devices.

READ MORE: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 gets Benchmarked. Floors The Kirin 960

In other news, the partnership might just be the build-up to the release of the Surface Phone next year. The Surface Phone is expected to be released in the second-half of 2017, running Windows 10 and powered by the SD 835 chip. It will be Microsoft’s second attempt at the mobile space.

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  • balcobomber25

    The Surface Phone is Microsoft’s final chance in the mobile sector, but it’s most likely going to be too little, too late. There best chance for survival is to focus entirely on enterprise sales and forget about the consumer market.

    • MaxPower

      They are stubborn, they never give up.
      They charge names and BrING the same crap over and over again.

      • princetom

        Max gat me cracking

      • balcobomber25

        They should have abandoned the consumer market long ago. The enterprise market is very lucrative and Windows phones actually make excellent work phones. But they are stubborn

        • Karly Johnston

          Considering they don’t support most Enterprise apps they make horrible work phones.

          • balcobomber25

            Except they do, and are currently used as work phones at thousands of countries.

          • Karly Johnston

            Windows Phone Enterprise market share is less than 1%. They don’t support squat.

          • balcobomber25

            Because they haven’t focused on the Enterprise market genius. Which is why I said they should. Basic concepts confuse you huh?

          • Karly Johnston

            They don’t even support all of the MS services offered on the other two platforms much less the range of Enterprise apps. They have have left the ecosystem to rot.

          • balcobomber25

            Once again your reading and comprehension skills fail you. This is why I said they SHOULD focus on the enterprise market. It WOULD be much more viable for them than the consumer market. Microsoft has little chance in the consumer sector, the enterprise sector is still wide open for them but they NEED to develop their OS to take advantage of it.

          • Karly Johnston

            You haven’t explained WHY they make excellent work phones. I have explained WHY they don’t.

        • Pranav

          You are in android authority page and now here!! lol

          • balcobomber25

            I am everywhere

    • Muhammad Yasir

      what are enterprise sales ?

      • balcobomber25

        Business sales.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          moar deetale plz

  • Jalal Mrz

    I need a phone with dual boot . android nougat and windows 10

    • Do let me know when you see one with even Marshmallow and Windows 10.

  • NextHype

    “However new reports are saying the processor can’t really handle x86 apps very well and hence the reason for settling for the Snapdragon 835 chips.”

    Anyone knows why ? Lack of instructions to emulate some x86 functions ? Raw performances ?


    I believe if microsoft want to last longer & be in the game.,they should use LG //samsung/Xiaomi or huawei to bring the co-made phone & to bring as much as attention & buyer Microsoft wants to this device,the phone should be Dual OS with Android(so for sure the 64/128/256GB version)..not to mention for survival,windows needs to invest much more heavily in softwaresdev development.