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Qualcomm working on next-gen Snapdragon 8cx chipset to take on Apple M1


Apple recently started shifting away from Intel chips for its Mac devices and has started transitioning to its in-house Apple Silicon, starting with the Apple M1 chipset. The move has been well-received by the customers and the company plans to completely shift to its own Apple Silicon platform soon.

Now, as per the reports, Qualcomm is also working on a next-generation Snapdragon 8cx chipset with an aim to take on the likes of Apple M1. It will be used for Windows notebooks as well as 2-in-1 devices.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx hasn’t matched up to the performance offered by Intel and AMD and thus the devices powered by the said chipset could be used for light workloads only. The Microsoft Surface Pro X is powered by the SD8cx SoC.

With the next-generation Snapdragon 8cx chip, we are expecting the company to make it more powerful. As per the reports, the chipset is currently being developed and has at least two different variants.

The Snapdragon SC8280XP, one of the two variants being tested, reportedly has four absolute high-end cores called “Gold +” running at 2.7GHz. These cores are paired with four more high-end cores, which are referred to as “Gold” cores clocked at 2.43Ghz.

This means that the company is ditching the energy-saving cores in favor of higher performance. This leads us to believe that the chipset may not score much points when it comes to power efficiency.


The chipset is also said to include an integrated NPU to handle AI-based tasks with up to 15 TOPs of performance. The testing is being carried out on devices with 14-inch display and 32GB of RAM, running Windows operating system.



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