COMPUTEX 2017 | Prototype of Snapdragon 835-powered notebooks unveiled
Qualcomm unveiled a working prototype for notebooks running Windows 10 with a Snapdragon 835 SoC at Computex yesterday. The notebooks are expected to be produced by Asus, HP, and Lenovo and should appear at the end of 2017.
Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm's flagship processor for 2017 has powered devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony's Xperia XZ Premium, so its performance is not in doubt. In fact, the 835 has performance scores in the same ballpark as the AMD A10 Pro-7350B—rather impressive for a smartphone processor, and a testament to the innovation occurring within that ecosystem. Qualcomm compared the SoC to a Core m3 Y-series Kaby Lake SoC from Intel and claims better battery life in comparison.
The Snapdragon 835 uses a 10nm manufacturing process, which allows for extremely efficient power consumption. In addition, extra space that would have otherwise been taken by a larger processor allows for better heat dissipation. These notebooks can, therefore, be expected to be battery monsters, an opinion Qualcomm share, as they tout them to have standby times up to five times longer than regular laptops.
While only still at the prototype stage, the notebooks have been designed as sleek, fanless devices. They are to come with integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modems, which allows for a constant Gigabit LTE connection, a feature driven by Qualcomm's desire to create a device that is less reliant on WiFi, with a constant connection even when on standby—much like a smartphone.