Last week, Lenovo was at IFA in Berlin with a big announcement. The company revealed the Yoga C630 WOS, the first laptop powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850. This is the first second-generation Always Connected PC or Windows for ARM. The Yoga C630 has passed an important milestone today by passing the FCC.
If you are unfamiliar with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), it is the regulatory body that clears products for sale in the United States. Of course, clearance for the Yoga C630 was a forgone conclusion, but Lenovo will be happy with the finalization.
As we wrote last week, the Yoga C630 is a is a crucial step for Always Connected PC. As the first laptop with the Snapdragon 850 it can help Windows 10 for ARM recover from a poor start.
The first generation of Always Connected PCs largely disappointed. Performance was not as good as hoped. With Snapdragon processing, it was hoped Always Connected PCs would have the best of mobile and PC. That meant mobility and battery life with the power of a laptop. However, that was not the case.
That's because the Snapdragon 835 was designed for smartphones. The Snapdragon 850 is different as it was designed with laptop use in mind. Indeed, Lenovo says the Yoga C630 provides 30% more performance compared to first generation Always Connected PC.
In terms of raw specifications, the convertible laptop has 13.3-inch display with full HD 1080p resolution, up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and up to 256GB UFS 2.1 storage. While that all makes for a solid enough laptop, the Snapdragon 850 is the big story here.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 passed through benchmarks two weeks ago. That first score was slightly disappointing, but in the real world the device may perform as expected.