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.

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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.