Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has announced the PC industry’s first commercial 5G PC platform, the Snapdragon 8cx 5G processor built for notebooks and desktops than will harness the 5G network. The development of the second-generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem together with the new chipset is for PC manufacturers to have options when the global rollout of the 5G networks by 2020.
“Our platforms were the first to bring gigabit, and now multi-gigabit LTE to the PC,” said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We also brought multi-day battery life to the PC, and with the Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform”.
Anticipation is when the next generation smart PCs will be able to offer artificial intelligence, high performance, long battery life and always-on connectivity enabling better, faster and more seamless experiences for consumers, small businesses and large enterprises. Unique quality about Qualcomm technology compared to Intel, is how the company combines smartphone-like capabilities into the premium thin PC, focusing solely on key aspects users would expect their devices to function. Having vast experience in smartphone technology, Qualcomm is able to bring that learning and give the next generation notebooks the same capability of a mobile phone with super power performance. Intel on the other hand has been working ground up after failed attempt in mobile with Atom but as 5G lurks the chip maker has lost the first to go commercial race to Qualcomm. However, the strong relationship with PC vendors and Microsoft will be a tough bond to break giving Intel that edge against its competition.
As for now, the Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform which allows for multi-day battery life, multi-gigabit connectivity will shape the future of PC’s giving them lighter and thinner form giving the new age users a truly mobile experience.