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Qualcomm Challenges Intel and AMD with New Snapdragon X Series Processors

Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon X laptop processors aiming to challenge leaders like Apple with better performance, battery life, and AI capabilities.


has officially introduced its Snapdragon X Plus and Snapdragon X Elite laptop , marking a significant milestone in the company's expansion into the laptop market. The X Plus, designed as an entry-level chip for laptops, features a 10-core configuration, boasting a maximum multithreaded frequency of 3.4GHz. It is complemented by an NPU capable of 45 tera operations per second, enhancing its efficiency in handling applications. Additionally, the chip supports LPDDR5x memory with a maximum transfer rate of 8448 MT/s and integrates a 3.8 teraflop Adreno GPU.

Performance and Competition

The Snapdragon X Elite series, comprising three twelve-core processors, pushes the boundaries further with frequencies up to 3.8GHz and an integrated GPU performance of up to 4.6 TFLOPs. These processors share the same NPU and memory support as the Snapdragon X Plus but introduce a Dual-Core Boost feature for enhanced processing power when needed. Unlike its competitors, Qualcomm has opted for a non-hybrid architecture, claiming superior performance, power efficiency, and battery life over leading chips from Apple, , and AMD. Initial benchmarks and gaming tests suggest that while the Snapdragon X Series may not outperform the Apple M3 in single-core tasks, it shows promising multicore capabilities that rival, if not exceed, those of current market leaders.

Implications for the Future of Windows Laptops

The introduction of the Snapdragon X Series processors represents a potential turning point for Windows laptops, particularly in terms of power efficiency, performance, and the ability to handle demanding applications, including PC games through emulation. Qualcomm's move could catalyze a shift towards more innovative laptop designs, such as dual-screen and foldable models, by providing a high-performance, energy-efficient alternative to traditional x86 processors. As continues to explore the possibilities of , Qualcomm's latest offerings may finally deliver the compelling Windows Arm laptop experience that has been elusive thus far.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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