Qualcomm is touting "multi-day battery life" in practical terms - that's 25 or more hours of continuous use - as a big improvement over the Snapdragon 835's "beyond all-day" range. We had seen a glimpse of that in December previous year, when alongside the announcement of the current gen smartphone flagship chipset - the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm also showcased some laptops running Windows 10, which were based on the Snapdragon 835 platform.
The Snapdragon 850 also features an X20 LTE modem, which supports connectivity speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. To our knowledge, Qualcomm is going to have Snapdragon 855 (maybe 860 or even 1000 brand for PC) powered with Snapdragon X50 5G machine in 2019 too.
Qualcomm also wants the multimedia experience to be richer and to that extent, it will not only support UltraHD Premium (4K HDR) playback, but there is also enough processing power for capturing video at that quality.
The chip is essentially a Snapdragon 845, the chip found in high-end Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, but beefed up slightly so it is suitable for use in PCs.
Qualcomm is leaning into the auxiliary features of the new chip with the launch, including the wide array of audio technology. The new chip promises to provide high fidelity HD sound thanks to Qualcomm Aqstic and aptX audio.
Though the AI market for Windows is still nascent, Qualcomm does support the Microsoft Machine Learning SDK and Windows ML with the AI Engine integration.
However, the United States chip maker says that improvements can still be made. It also does not change the picture for app compatibility, as it remains a software-level development task, and something that Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Arm should be spending a lot more time on in the coming months.
Qualcomm is yet to spill the beans on new hardware, but it has revealed that Samsung will be releasing a Snapdragon 850-powered device later this year.