Qualcomm eyeing the desktop market, new Snapdragon will be able to run full Windows 10

Qualcomm eyeing the desktop market, new Snapdragon will be able to run full Windows 10
Mobile processors have come a long way since the beginning of cell phones. What we consider standard for mobile processors today used to be high-range for desktop not too long ago, when it comes to productivity. So, it's only natural that Qualcomm, one of the leaders in mobile processors manufacturing, is looking to enter the desktop market.

On Thursday Microsoft held a Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) event and Qualcomm made a surprising appearance. The two companies announced that they're partnering up to bring the full Windows 10 experience to the Qualcomm line of processors, starting with the next Snapdragon.

This is a pretty big deal, mostly because Qualcomm processors are based on an architecture that, until now, has been used on desktop machines only with some Linux distributions. The new Snapdragon will be the first chip of its type to run a 64-bit operating system, different from iOS or Android, ever.

Microsoft and Qualcomm said that Snapdragon-powered laptops could become available as early as next year, so this partnership has probably been cooking for quite some time. Such devices will run Windows 10 without any hiccups, including a variety of CPU-heavy apps and programs, while providing thin design and long battery life.

In the demo below, Microsoft shows a Snapdragon machine running Adobe Photoshop, known for its heavy impact on a computer's performance, and some other apps that run as smoothly as they would with any other desktop processor.



Qualcomm eyeing the desktop market, new Snapdragon will be able to run full Windows 10
PhoneArena is on Instagram. Follow us to stay updated with fresh news and flashy media from the world of mobile!

source: Microsoft via MSPowerUser

FEATURED VIDEO

38 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Now this is VERY interesting.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, this is huge Great news for WP and Windows in general Good news for Qualcomm/other ARM SoC makers Bad news for Intel's Atom line (which is already struggling)

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I fully agree with that. The Snapdragon 820 offer a performnace that is in the range of the Pentium line with less power draw (or the power consumption of the Atom with better performance). If the cost of the SoCs is in the range of the Atom, and I think it is, it can be good news for the Windows Platform.

18. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

intel has atom T5700 (cortex a72 level) but sadly it will be used for IOT only and not for phones/tablets

19. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Do you have any benchmark or comparison to support that? Atom cores were on the range of the Krati/Swift in performance. That would be a big jump. They would need to double performnace, give or take.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Atom cores were on the range of the Krati/Swift in performance" Krati? I guess you mean Krait!

33. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

yes i have benchmark https://browser.primatelabs.com/v4/cpu/845239 you are talking about baytrail from 2013 am talking about new atom from 2016, they use broxton arch same as apollo lake

36. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I know, that is why I said that it would be a big jump, the baytrail/cherrytrail cores were about 900 in the geekbench, so the difference is huge. Thanks for the bench, I was not able to find one.

16. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

This on foldable phablets for real productivity, i may finally leave android. Interesting times await us.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Surface phone.....

3. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Great news, renewed hopes for a pocket size PC. PS: Of all the news portals, Phonearena is the last one to report this.

7. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, and did you notice how PA worded it, as if this is a Qualcomm initiative vs. part of Windows' UWP ambitions? Your intentions are too obvious, PA. And this is big enough news you can't really take it away from Microsoft. This is huge. Can't wait to see the implementations.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

PA also forgot to mention that its an ARM SOC emulating x86 32-bits. “excited to bring Windows 10 to the ARM ecosystem” http://www.anandtech.com/show/10889/microsoft-and-qualcomm-bring-windows-10-to-snapdragon-processors. That's would also mean WP10 mobile may go the way of Windows RT. However, its pretty big as ARM SOC are getting more and more powerful while still being more energy efficient that Intel x86 CPU. This would bring much needed competition to INTEL.

4. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Nice for Continuum, but still not gonna buy WinPhone

5. Bankz

Posts: 2478; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Surface phone confirmed!

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

intel+AMD duopoly last too long, and we need new player in that area :D btw, it will be new kryo core? or they'll call it something different?

9. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Qualcomm kinda has a monopoly in ARM. So really hope this works on other ARM processors and not just Qualcomm's one flagship SOC.

8. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

chromebook progress is in jeopardy.....if this becomes successful,other chipmakers will follow suit.....android's dooms and glooms might be near

31. civicsr2cool

Posts: 250; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

It will be a while yet but I do believe W10 has the power to replace android... just not with Microsoft running the show.

38. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft and their Windows RT tablet users clearly remember that Microsoft abanded their Arm tablets. Microsoft has done more to hurt themselves than anyone else could. The thing is Chromebooks offer free malware and virus protection, and free storage for two years. They can now run Android apps as well as Chrome web apps. The main reason Chromebooks are selling better than Windows in certain areas. Is the price. Also there are a number of Chromebooks that already run with Arm processors today.

10. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

microsoft will have ARM laptpop before google?...this shows how less progressive android is........google play on chromebook,andromeda OS etc are seriously in jeopardy

37. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you haven't been looking, but many of the Chromebooks are already running with Arm processors. As a matter of fact a number of Chromebooks are using Exynos processors, or MediaTek processors as well.

14. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Here comes the BOOM! Surface Phone.....the ultimate phone!

15. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

This on foldable phablets for real productivity, i may finally leave android. Interesting times await us.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Surface Phone incoming!

20. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The PC industry needs this breath of fresh air. Dirt cheap quad core and octa core laptops for everybody :)

21. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Put this in the surface phone or continuum enabled handset and my lumia 950 xl can get a break from working overtime. It's nice to now have amazon prime video, unlimited thether-like setup and own no computer yet use word and excel like you would on a regular computer. Then even crunchyroll is a supported continuum app. Gonna finally catch up on dragon ball super.

23. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

That surface phone will be a game changer

24. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Excitement over 9000!

25. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Will be awesome if the "desktop dock" isn't overpriced. Heck, I know I'd certainly appreciate a Surface Phone that doubles as my office desktop.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.