Qualcomm is on stage at IFA 2020 to announce the new Adaptive ANC technology, which we talk about in detail in this article, and to anticipate some upcoming SoCs. Let's get ready for the debut of 5G connectivity on Snapdragon 4 series and Windows 10 ARM laptops.
The new mobile SoC for Windows computers debuts on the Acer Spin 7, presented at the same time. We will talk more about the laptop in another article, here we focus on the chip: Qualcomm says it has a 7W TDP and at the same time has a processor up to 18% faster than a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 with TDP a 15 W.
The performance index per watt is therefore 39% higher. From the point of view of connectivity, in addition to Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD, we have support for both mmWave and Sub-6 5G networks thanks to the "usual" Snapdragon X55 modem. The Adreno GPU (exact model not specified) is capable of handling two 4K monitors via the USB-C port. The Spectra 390 ISP handles single cameras up to 32MP or dual cameras up to 16MP. Here are the main specifications:
- CPU: 64-bit octa-core (7nm Kryo 495 core)
- RAM memory: 8 LPDDR4x channels, max 2.133 Mhz
- Flash Memory: Support NVMe and UFS 3.0 SSD
- Qualcomm Adreno
- DirectX 12 support
- 4K120 HDR HEVC / AVC / VP9 video playback
- maximum 4K display resolution, external display support (always max 4K)
- ISP: Spectra 390
- max 16 MP dual camera
- max 32 MP single camera
- 4K30 HDR recording
- slow motion max 480 FPS @ 720p
- AI: Hexagon 690
- 5G modem: Snapdragon x55, 5G, Sub-6 and mmWave
- 4G modem: Snapdragon X24 Cat 20
- Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
- Charging: QuickCharge technology support 4
Qualcomm didn't go into too much detail, but said Snapdragon Series 4 SoCs with 5G modems on board are coming soon. Motorola, Oppo and Xiaomi will be the first manufacturers to integrate them into their smartphones: they should arrive on the market by the first quarter of 2021.