Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Processor

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Processor

It’s been nearly about two years since Qualcomm made an announcement about the Snapdragon 8cx. It’s the most important ARM processor for Windows laptops, but during IFA 2020, the company unveiled its successor which is the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G, which guarantees some amplified enhancements over the original.

Qualcomm wasn’t too candid about what specific performance improvements the 8cx Gen 2 will provide over its predecessor beyond saying that it would offer generational performance and efficiency gains.

Nevertheless, Qualcomm is totally interested in demonstrating that the new 8cx Gen 2 chipset is more than able and efficient in going against Intel’s traditional systems. It stated that the 8cx Gen 2 provides noticeable performance gains over both a similar 10th Gen Core i5 chip from Intel and also Intel Lakefield chips which are intended to directly challenge the efforts of Qualcomm laptops and even use an identical hybrid core system.

It possesses an AI Engine and a sequence of amplified enhancements over its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G adequately supports Wi-Fi 6 and is capable of allowing 5G connectivity using a dedicated modem. The chipset also has the aptitude efficiency in providing a multi-day battery life on future laptops.

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G contains 8 Qualcomm Kryo 495 CPU cores, and it is based on 64-bit architecture and 7nm manufacturing process. It also possesses the dedicated AI Engine that is backed by a Hexagon 690 processor and Sensing Hub technology to provide artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration. All these assist in allowing an improved performance over the Snapdragon 8cx that debuted in December 2018.

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Chip Features

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AI Acceleration for Advanced Applications and Experience

The dedicated Qualcomm AI Engine makes use of the extremely integrated Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 architecture to provide next-gen abilities for the intelligent camera, voice UI, security, and also to transform your PC into a hub of entertainment and mobile productivity. 

Always-On, Always Connected with 4G LTE, 5G, and Wi-Fi 6

Inherently, connectivity is a major concern for the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G. Qualcomm added that 5G right into the name this time regardless of its presence in the original just to remind you about it.

Unleash multi-gigabit connectivity speeds with the Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF system, which adequately supports 5G (sub-6 GHz and mmWave), 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi 6. It will enable you to stay more securely connected, uninterruptibly switching between trusted Wi-Fi and cellular networks depending on location. You also get proper navigation and location-based services alongside location awareness. It also ensures a high speed connected computing for fast and effective productivity and entertainment virtually anywhere and at any time.

Bluetooth 5.1 is also supported, which mainly brings with it faster connection speeds and less power consumption from Bluetooth devices.

Top-Notch Performance and Battery Life

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Actually, nothing has really changed when it comes to the battery life claims for the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G. It’s the same 25 hours just as its predecessor. 

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform with a mighty Qualcomm Adreno GPU. And it is built to offer high-quality performance and battery life that has the capacity to last for about 25+ continuous hours, which is about 2X as long as a traditional laptop.

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 provides an astonishing battery life and about 50% higher total system performance than the rest of the competition, so your laptop lasts longer and also allows you to be more productive and also get things done faster.

Enterprise-grade Security 

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 offers built-in security protections to ensure that your passwords and log-ins are well secured and easy with full Windows 10 support, facial and fingerprint ID, and platform support for Windows Hypervisor and Secured-core PC. Cellular connectivity totally abolishes the need for depending on unsecured public Wi-Fi networks while enabling untethered, remote connections.

Powerful Graphics, Improved Camera, and Audio

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G offers adequate support in immersive graphics performance and hardware acceleration for improved video conferencing. It allows you to create, capture, edit, and stream in up to an excellent, 4K HDR and 32 MP camera. It also has an integrated Qualcomm Aqstic echo cancellation and noise suppression (ECNS) audio technology that is designed to provide a high-fidelity (hi-fi) sound for an immersive video conferencing experience with a dual 4K external monitor support for multitasking productivity.


Coupled with improved camera and audio, AI accelerated experiences, and enterprise-grade security, you can create, communicate, and connect from virtually anywhere and at any time. Qualcomm says we should expect the first 8cx Gen 2 5G devices to be released later this year, beginning with the Acer Spin 7, which was announced with the new chipset.

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