Qualcomm has re-launched their latest chipset product, Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. And before Qualcomm also introduced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm announced a chip that rivals the Apple M1 at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021.
For Performance, Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is designed to deliver extreme performance to install on premium ultra-slim. And fanless laptops, aka competitors MacBook Air M1. Meanwhile, to strengthen the entry-level Windows PC and Chromebook ecosystem with 5G connectivity, the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 Compute Platform is presented.
And Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 builds on the technological breakthroughs that have transformed the PC industry, delivering a premium experience with breakthrough performance per watt, immersive camera. And audio with enhanced AI acceleration, lightning-fast 5G connectivity, and chip-to-cloud security in thin systems.
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Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Performance
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is also developed with 5nm fabrication promising superior performance and efficiency. Combined with other optimizations, it is possible to drastically improve the performance of Qualcomm Kryo CPUs while maintaining similar power consumption to the previous generation, resulting in stunning new levels of efficiency.
With the integration of a new prime core, Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 delivers up to 85% improved performance. And up to 60% better performance per watt than competitive x86 platforms. This means users will experience premium computing power to work faster in productivity applications with up to several days of battery life.
During GPU-intensive activities, such as web browsing, video, and photo editing, and video conferencing. Users will benefit from the excellent graphics. And software experience of the Qualcomm Adreno GPU with an astonishing 60% increase in performance over the previous generation.
This premium platform also supports games with full HD resolution (up to 120 FPS).And is optimized to allow users to play games up to 50% longer than competing platforms.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen Connetivity
As for connectivity, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 offers the strongest connectivity for an always-connected laptop. Support for the Snapdragon X55, X62, or X65 5G Modem-RF system allows devices powered by Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 to achieve lightning-fast speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 also features Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 to enable the fastest 6/6E Wi-Fi speeds available – with Wi-Fi Dual Station. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft for Windows 11, leveraging Qualcomm 4-stream Dual Band Simultaneous technology.
This chipset is also equipped with 8cx Gen 3 as well as seamlessly switching between 6/6E Wi-Fi networks and 5G or 4G LTE. Combined with Snapdragon’s leading-edge computing efficiency, this Always Connected capability also allows the user’s device to remain Always On. This means their devices can stay up to date and instantly activated, available at the touch of a button, with almost no wake-up time.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen also brings innovation in video and audio capabilities, providing sharp visuals and clear audio on laptops. Leveraging Qualcomm Spectra ISP with improved camera startup times. Users can start video conferencing up to 15% faster compared to the previous generation.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 features the latest generation 3A – Autofocus, White Balance. And Auto Exposure – so calls with Teams or Zoom will adapt user movements and lighting settings with high-quality video. Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 enables clear audio in almost any setting, with Qualcomm Noise. And Echo Cancellation technology – part of the Qualcomm Voice Suite.
As for the features, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is enhanced through AI acceleration to improve the clarity and quality of the user’s audio. That means users’ laptops can remove unwanted background noises like dogs barking or neighbors mowing their lawn. Snapdragon 8cx Gen also supports camera quality up to 4K HDR and up to 4 cameras for new use cases.
In addition to enabling everyday features that users can rely on. AI capabilities are delivered to support key power optimizations for AI workloads. Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 delivers an incredible 29+ TOPS of AI acceleration, almost 3X that of leading competitive platforms, helping users experience a better AI experience.
With the rapid adoption of AI capabilities to accelerate app experiences. Users will experience more advanced security, new modern uses, and an enriched experience. For example, Qualcomm AI Engine’s outstanding balance of performance. And efficiency allows Microsoft to provide more accurate face detection and segmentation, for use cases such as background blur, without affecting system responsiveness.
Snapdragon is designed to bring security from the chip to the cloud. In addition to chipset-level layered Secure Boot processes. And mobile connectivity security. The 8cx Gen 3 continues to enable Microsoft Secured-core PCs for high-level protection out of the box.
For managed systems in the enterprise or education segment. Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit (SPU) implements Microsoft Pluton TPM for Windows 11. And can also help store sensitive data such as credentials, personal data, and encryption keys securely directly on the SoC.
And the Snapdragon 8cx Gen chip also introduces a camera security framework that supports Windows Hello facial login and a dedicated Computer Vision processor for continuous authentication that helps ensure users’ devices are automatically locked when they leave their device. 8cx Gen 3 also introduces runtime memory encryption. While the Zero Trust framework can use more sensors. And connection health monitoring to enable real-time authentication of access to enterprise resources.
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