Qualcomm’s next chipset might be one dedicated to the Windows 10 platform on the ARM ecosystem. The San Diego-based chip maker partnered with Microsoft to bring support for full Windows system on ARM with Snapdragon 835 last year. It also extended the support to Snapdragon 845 early this year and now it might be preparing to launch a dedicated chipset for Windows in the form of the Snapdragon 850.
According to Geekbench listing, the Snapdragon 850 will not be entirely new and is likely to be a faster version of Snapdragon 845. The chipset is expected to be aimed at Windows 10 ultra-portable devices that rival Google’s Pixelbook and Apple Macbook Air. The listing reveals that the chipset will be an octa-core processor with the performance cluster clocked higher than the Snapdragon 845 powering most flagship smartphones.
The new performance cluster is expected to use the same Kryo 385 Gold cores based on Cortex A75. It would be more interesting if Qualcomm switched to the design of ARM’s latest Cortex A76 cores. The Kryo 385 Gold cores could reach as high as 2.96GHz, which is a couple hundred megahertz more than the 2.8GHz clock frequency attained by the Snapdragon 845. The higher frequency might be achieved with improved thermals seen on larger ultra-portable devices.