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Snapdragon 850 unveiled: Windows-on-ARM gets a speed and battery boost

The Snapdragon 850 is now official and later this year you can expect the first computers with it likely laptops and 2-in-1s. The chip is essentially a beefed-up version of the Snapdragon 845 found in phones and comes to replace the 835 chip previously used in Windows-on-ARM devices.

Qualcomm offered this image of a reference design basically, a Surface type form factor with a main tablet body and a foldable keyboard.

Snapdragon 850 unveiled: Windows-on-ARM gets a speed and battery boost

Even this tablet will have better cooling than phones, so the Kryo 385 Gold cores are now clocked at 2.95 GHz, a small bump in speed over the phone chip. The performance will be sustained for longer too.

Compared to the Snapdragon 835 laptops, the new chipset promises a 30% boost in performance and 20% better battery life. The upcoming devices should have multi-day battery life. The X20 LTE modem pushes the downlink speeds up to 1.2 Gbps.