For ages now, Intel has dominated the PC/Laptop market when it comes to processors. While Ryzen Processors have tried to make their way into it, and have managed some success, they still can’t break the monopoly. On the other end of the spectrum, mobile Processor manufacturer, Qualcomm has tried entering the market. Sadly, these ARM-based Qualcomm processor laptops are still quite rare. But they can be a great fit because of ARM’s architecture advantages over x86, we explained this in a previous article stating “Coming to advantages, ARM devices have excellent battery life and can hold on much longer without a charge. So if you are someone who usually sticks to native Windows Apps and really cares about battery life, ARM might be for you.”
Perhaps the biggest reason for that is the high price that couples with the machine. One would assume that these kinds of processors should come in cheap. Given that they would perform best with Chrome OS machines, the two should not contradict each other’s natures in prices. Perhaps Qualcomm sees that too, according to a report by WINFUTURE.bg
According to the report, Vice President of their Global Marketing has confirmed in an interview that cheaper machines are to come in the future. According to Don Macguire, they are currently working on developing chips such as the 7cx. They launched the 8cx, which is a stepping stone for the development to come. You may read about it further in an article covered by us here.
Perhaps, according to Don, their ultimate goal is to aim for machines ranging from 300 to 800 dollars. This would allow them to actually compete with the likes of Intel, and in this price range, AMD-Ryzen. He continued on saying that the next challenge for them is to get developers to work on apps for ARM-based processors. ARM architecture does have compatibility issues with Windows applications, but that’s being worked on. According to him, Microsoft was already in the works to integrate desktop Office apps to work on these chips.
On the other hand, though, Google has still not shown an interest in working its way to a compatible version of Chrome that’s well integrated. Perhaps, in its journey to downsize, they wait for these chips to normalize more readily before it works on it. It is certain though, ARM-based processors for laptops will become popular for laptops at a cheaper range. If not anything, they make good sense for Chrome OS devices.