After dominating the smartphone market, Qualcomm has its eyes set on the ultra mobile notebook market. Fanless laptops powered by the Snapdragon SoC started becoming popular because of their portability and efficiency. We know that Intel rules the market for mobile processors. Qualcomm’s offerings were not on par with the Intel offerings. The latter provided better overall performance with a slight expanse of efficiency.
During the Qualcomm Snapdragon tech summit, they announced a new platform for the mobile ultrabooks called 8cx SoC. These SoCs are not only processors but a combination of CPU, GPU, and different modems for connectivity. During Computex, Qualcomm established that these low powered chips are now capable of performing at least on par with the Intel i5 8520U CPU. Qualcomm’s offering was able to beat Intel’ counterpart in some benchmarks too, most importantly the GPU and connectivity benchmarks.
Most of these Snapdragon powered ultrabooks were only meant for the US market; only a few of these laptops made their way in the European market. So far the laptops manufactured with the Snapdragon 850 SoC are only available in the US market. Qualcomm’s new senior manager stated that they are also set to take their ARM-based Windows 10 laptops to Europe.
Thanks for the Q. The Lenovo will begin selling in Europe shortly. The Huawei device may also begin to sell in EU depending on the Geo-political situation. All 8CX designs are scheduled to sell in EU. There will be at least 4. 😉
— Don McGuire (@donnymac) May 31, 2019
Winfuture reports that Qualcomm’s Vice president of Global product marketing has tweeted that at least Lenovo Yoga C630 will soon be available in Europe and it is only the start. Our other partners will also follow suit in the near future.
He stated that by the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 at the very least four of our product partners, including Lenovo and Huawei, will start delivering their ARM-based notebooks to Europe.
Lastly, the eight-core processor clocked just below 3 GHz is not only capable enough for most of the daily uses for an average computer user but also a significant threat against Intel’s dominance in the low powered ultrabooks market. Moreover, these fanless laptops will offer better efficiency, longer life span, and much better graphical fidelity compared to Intel’s offerings.