Samsung is joining the ranks of manufacturers making Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs.
The announcement came alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 reveal. The chip-maker said Samsung will integrate the card into a future device.
Earlier this year, Lenovo, Asus and HP announced devices powered by the Snapdragon 835. These devices were 2-in-1 PCs reminiscent of Microsoft’s Surface machines.
The machines are part of Microsoft’s ‘Always Connected’ initiative. The Snapdragon-powered 2-in-1s can take advantage of LTE for a constant connection to the internet. As of yet there are no Canadian carrier partners, but hopefully that will come soon.
Samsung’s device will likely be in the 2-in-1 family and could look something like the Galaxy Book the company released last year.
The idea with these connected PCs is to be smartphone-like. Portable, always connected and featuring multi-day battery life. Samsung’s dominance in smartphones could give it an edge over the competition here.
The question that remains is how well this new chip will perform. Crucially it will have to handle a standard work-load well. Microsoft accidentally revealed some of the limitations these devices have earlier this year. Some of the items on the list are fairly small and shouldn’t affect a lot of people. Others are significant. For example, apps that put icons in File Explorer (such as Dropbox) won’t work unless compiled natively for ARM.
Either way, this is a significant addition to Qualcomm’s collaborators on the Windows on Snapdragon platform.