First generation Always Connected ARM PCs already obsoleted by arrival of SnapDragon 845 models

ARM-powered Always Connected PCs were very late in arriving, only now hitting the market, and due to performance issues were also poorly reviewed.

Now Qualcomm is set to deliver the coup de grâce with an upgrade to the processor which will obsolete the first generation of these Snapdragon 835-powered PCs.

Winfuture.de reports that new benchmarks have shown up on Geekbench for Windows 10 on ARM test systems from Qualcomm and Lenovo code-named Europa, powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor which deliver significant performance improvements.

The Snapdragon 845 processor features 8 cores and runs at nearly 3 GHz, and overall on these benchmarks offer up to 25% higher performance and up to 50% higher performance on single core performance when compared to Windows systems on the Snapdragon 835 processor.

With many Windows 10 on ARM laptops and tablets only hitting the market in May, it is not clear when the next generation will arrive, with Computex in June being one possibility, but even Qualcomm has said the new devices will be available sometime this year, meaning unless OEMs deliver significant price cuts it would be pretty unwise to pick up a first generation device now.

With the improved performance, which should help with x86 emulation, will any of our readers consider jumping in? Let us know below.

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