10 April 2019
Qualcomm at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is making some new announcements and one of them is the industry’s first 5G PC component. The all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is actually a variant of the Snapdragon 8cx that the company announced for the Windows 10 PC back in December last year.
To be precise, the new component integrates the 7nm-based Snapdragon 8cx SoC and the newest X55 5G modem from Snapdragon. While the first 5G devices powered by the first-gen X50 modem aren’t yet available, Qualcomm is already ready with its second-gen X55 5G modem which is expected to bring an impressive download speed over the first-gen one. And now, with its newest component, Qualcomm has ambitious plans for the laptops too so as to offer them the power of 5G.
The Snapdragon 8cx CPU includes eight Kryo 495 cores, which is even faster than the one present in the Snapdragon 855. It also has an Adreno 680 GPU, which is twice as fast as the Adreno 630 in the Snapdragon 850.
Qualcomm has said that the Snapdragon 8cx 5G is already sampling to the customers and it will be available in the second half of this year. And going by the announcement, Lenovo is the first manufacturer launching a laptop with 5G.