Qualcomm’s 8cx Gen 2 5G processor promises a new wave of better ARM-based laptops

Iterative updates for Qualcomm’s flagship Windows processor

Curated via Twitter from The Verge’s twitter account….

While the 8cx was announced in December 2018, the first 5G laptops have only begun to arrive this year, and as my colleague Cameron Faulkner noted in his review of the Lenovo Flex 5G, while the battery life on these machines is indeed phenomenal, things like app support still aren’t there for ARM-based Windows computers.

It’s been almost two years since Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx, its flagship ARM processor for Windows laptops, but at IFA 2020, the company is unveiling its successor: the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G, which promises some incremental improvements over the original.

It claims that the 8cx Gen 2 offers significant performance gains over both a comparable 10th Gen Core i5 chip from Intel as well as Intel’s Lakefield chips (which are meant to directly challenge Qualcomm’s laptop efforts, and even utilize a similar hybrid core system.

The 8cx Gen 2 also offers improved battery life, with Qualcomm promising not just a full day’s worth of work off a single charge but over 25 continuous hours of use, enough for “multiple days of battery life” — an impressive achievement, assuming it actually holds up in the real world.

Plus, Qualcomm is about to have some fresh competition: Samsung has already announced the Galaxy Book Flex 5G, powered by Intel’s 11th Gen chips and built on Samsung’s own 5G modem.

Qualcomm says to expect the first 8cx Gen 2 5G devices to be out later this year, starting with the Acer Spin 7, which was announced alongside the new chipset (and will also be Acer’s first 5G computer.

Qualcomm wasn’t too forthcoming about what specific performance improvements the 8cx Gen 2 will offer over its predecessor beyond saying that it would provide “generational performance and efficiency gains.

Other new features on the 8cx Gen 2 include built-in support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. 1, Qualcomm’s Aqstic audio technology (which is used for “echo-cancellation and noise suppression”), and support for dual 4K external monitors at 60fps.

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