Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx+ On The Horizon?

June 26, 2020
Snapdragon 8cx Chip

Aw, snap! There is intelligence that Qualcomm might be working on the Snapdragon 8cx+ chipset for Windows 10 PCs, and it might not exactly be what we are expecting.

It has been 18 months since the chip giant announced what it called its extreme Windows 10 chipset, called the 8cx. This was the first ARM chip that was built form the ground up for PCS, rather than a reworked mobile chipset.

Since then, the company made official more entry-level SKUs like the 7c and 8c, the latter of which can be termed as the direct successor to the Snapdragon 850.

But what we did not get was a true 8cx refresh.

And it appears that we might have to wait a bit for that. It just so happens that Qualcomm has something on the way, but it’s just an overclocked version of its predecessor — as is usually the case with the plus chipsets that the company launches.

A third-party database shows documentation for the Snapdragon 8cx+, and it has the gold cores coming in at 3.15GHz instead of 2.84GHz. The silver cores stay at 1.8GHz, however.

The Adreno 680 graphics unit will likely see a bump as well.

Interestingly, the information is actually from February. Meaning, it’s likely possible that Qualcomm was only testing the SC8180XP. The company may even have cancelled this in favor of something better, you never know.

But if this chip does make its way out, then it would be the fifth variant of the Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform. The rest of the family being the Snapdragon 8cx, 8cx 5G, 8cx Enterprise, and, of course, the premium Microsoft SQ1 chip that powers the Surface Pro X.

An actual change to the architecture may not be coming every year from Qualcomm, but Windows users just might have to wait a bit longer.

Perhaps at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in December?

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