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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx GEN 2 with 5G support will launch with Acer Spin 7

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is here. (Image: Qualcomm)
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is here. (Image: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G ARM-based chipset for Windows 10 on ARM ultrabooks. The new chipset chipset is touted as offering 18 percent better performance and 39 percent better productivity performance per Watt compared to an Intel 10th gen 15 W Core i5 chip.
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Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G ARM-based chipset for the Windows 10 on ARM laptops. The new chip seems to be a very mild revision over the original Snapdragon 8cx chipset, which is a PC-optimized variant of the Snapdragon 855 chipset. So mild, that Qualcomm hasn’t revealed much about the specifics of any optimizations other than the addition of much faster 5G connectivity.

Instead of detailing the improvements of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G, Qualcomm has instead chosen to focus on how the ARM-based design stacks up against Intel’s 10th gen Core i5 processor that PC makers might otherwise choose for similar devices. In this instance, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is 18 percent faster and delivers 39 percent better performance per Watt. (Qualcomm doesn’t differentiate between whether this is a 14 nm Comet Lake chip or 10 nm Ice Lake part). 

Qualcomm has partnered with Acer for the launch of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G which it has fitted to its new Acer Spin 7. Acer has said that the device will sport multi-day battery life, which is unsurprising as the Galaxy Book S powered by the original Snapdragon 8cx delivered over 20 hours battery life in our testing. The Spin 7 centers on a Full HD IPS panel with support for a Wacom pen and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Full pricing and specifications are yet to be revealed.

The Acer Spin 7 will be powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G. (Image: Acer)
The Acer Spin 7 will be powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G. (Image: Acer)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1316 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-09- 3 (Update: 2020-09- 3)