Intel has been under a lot of pressure lately, their shift to 10nm is troubled while AMD will be shifting to 7nm soon. With the Ryzen processors getting better with each release, Intel risks losing a significant market share in the consumer space.
While in the mobile processor category, Qualcomm dominates with a iron fist and Intel has tried to enter this market with their Atom processor lineup, but it didn’t seem to leave any mark. Now Qualcomm will be releasing their new full fleged Laptop processor soon and this will definitely challenge Intel, who have been leaders in the Laptop processor market.
The new chip will be called the SC8180 if a recent leak from GeekBench is to be believed. We are talking about a full fleged laptop with a Snapdragon processor running on ARM architecture.
The SC8180 will have a TDP of just 15Watts, with a base clock of 1.96GHz and 8 cores. Although, take the clock frequency with a grain of salt as it doesn’t seem to be accurate. GeekBench gives this a Single-Core score of 1392 and a Multi-Core score of 4286. In retrospect the Asus Nova Go TP370QL which uses the Snapdragon 835, gets a Single-Core score of 911 and Multi-Core score of 3275 in GeekBench. According to Winfuture the SC8180 might be using a modified version of the ARM Cortex-A75 or A76 cores, and this is a real possibility because of the Octa-Core nature of the chip.
The Snapdragon 850, which is going to be Qualcomm’s first exclusive processor for Windows devices achieved a Single-Core score of 1237 and Multi-Core score of 3485 on GeekBench, which again has quite a difference from the SC8180. Looking at the benchmarks, the SC8180 might be targeted towards more mainstream laptops and not just the 2-in-1 devices.
All these tests were conducted on a 32-bit version of Windows for ARM devices. There are also some compatibility issues when running Windows on ARM chipsets. Native x86 apps do run on ARM chipsets, but thats due to a emulation layer in Windows and like in any kind of emulation, performance takes a hit. If you stick to native Windows apps then you will have a good experience, but other resource intensive x86 programs will run poorly.
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.