Computex 2019 has kicked off with Qualcomm and Lenovo announcing the world’s first 5G PC sporting the new Snapdragon 8cx 5G chipset. The joint announcement says the new Snapdragon 8cx marks the “inception of a new era in computing.” The joint effort between the two was nicknamed, “Project Limitless” and the 8cx 5G is the world’s first 7nm platform built specifically for PCs.
The era of “Always On, Always Connected” PCs is dawning with processors like this as well as the move into the 5G spectrum. Qualcomm says this will “open the door to new, transformative user experiences for both consumers and enterprise.”
The Snapdragon 8cx, the most extreme Snapdragon ever, offers extreme performance, extreme battery life, and extreme connectivity. It supports immersive user experiences, multi-gigabit data speeds, multi-day battery life, enterprise applications, and security-rich capabilities. It features the Snapdragon X55 5G modem and Qualcomm Technologies’ RF Front-end, a comprehensive solution that allows OEMs to bring 5G connectivity to even the thinnest form factor, including PCs. Users can experience peak download speeds of up to 7 Gbps without a Wi-Fi connection or a hotspot.
When this 5G connection works in concert with on-device AI, new and smarter user experiences can become a reality. For instance, users might rely on their 5G PC for real-time translation when conversing with others around the world as users converse in English with their Mandarin-speaking colleagues.
Bandwidth-intensive tasks that involve downloading and uploading large files over a wireless connection could happen so seamlessly that it can be hard to tell the difference between local and remote storage. This is because of the Snapdragon platform’s impressive connectivity, performance and power efficiency. For example, users might collaborate with classmates online while editing video footage in real time and then upload the finished film almost instantly. The Snapdragon 8cx’s ultra-low latency, extreme performance, and extreme connectivity work together to make this possible.
Qualcomm also says that the Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform with the X55 5G modem also supports the fastest 4G connectivity available today. The modem supports Category 22 LTE, achieving peak download speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps. It’s certainly an impressive showcasing and it will be interesting to see how this, as well as 5G, play out in real-world applications.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.