It’s been two years since Microsoft announced Windows 10 on ARM- the version of Windows 10 designed for Always Connected PCs with extraordinary battery life.  Unfortunately, it has been the case that while these devices often boasted 20+ hours of battery life, their performance left much to be desired.

The answer to these woes was Qualcomm’s latest chipset- the Snapdragon 8cx, which has been specifically designed for Windows 10 Always Connected PCs.  The Snapdragon 8cx is clocked at 2.84GHz and is believed to be at least 2.5x as powerful as a Snapdragon 850.

Now, a leaked benchmark from Geekbench has brought some numbers to the claim, showing that the Snapdragon SC8180X (8cx)  (12), is able to achieve a single-core score of 3327, and a multi-core score of 11,154.  This compares to 3659 for single-core for the Intel core i5-825OU, with 11,192 for the multi-core score.

These comparable numbers live up to Microsoft and Qualcomm’s promise that the Snapdragon 8cx will be competitive with Intel’s mid-range processor; which is great news for fans of long battery-life laptops.

We expect a new wave of Windows 10 on ARM laptops to be announced in the run-up to Christmas, including the Galaxy Book by Samsung, and a rumoured version of the Surface Pro 7.

Now that Qualcomm has seemingly caught up with Intel, will any of our readers consider upgrading to this new platform?  Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Windows Latest

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