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News hardware & software 28 May 2019, 14:10

author: Bart Swiatek

New Snapdragon 8cx Claimed to be Faster Than Intel Core i5

Well-known mobile processor manufacturer Qualcomm has announced that its new laptop CPU is performing better than Intel's Core i5-8250U in benchmarks. The chip will be introduced to the market in 2020 on computers manufactured by Lenovo.

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Snapdragon 8cx achieves solid results in benchmarks.

IN A NUTSHELL:

  1. The Snapdragon 8cx CPU performs better in benchmarks than the Core i5-8250U;
  2. Office work and 3D graphics display performance have been tested;
  3. Qualcomm's chips has a much lower energy consumption;
  4. The CPUs will be installed 5G laptops from Lenovo, which are likely to debut on the market in 2020.

According to PCWorld, mobile processor manufacturer Qualcomm has announced that the new Snapdragon 8cx CPUs will be able to compete against the 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processors (Kaby Lake-R) in terms of performance. The CPUs will be installed in the "first 5G laptops", which are created by Lenovo within the so-called "Project Limitless". The devices will most likely debut in 2020.

Snapdragon 8cx performance

How fast will the Snapdragon 8cx be? The processor is supposed to have at least 2.5 times more power than the Snapdragon 850, which, according to the editors of PCWorld, in theory should result in a performance similar to Core i7-8550U. In benchmarks, Qualcomm compared its product with the weaker competition unit - Core i5-8250U - which in most cases was defeated. 8cx performs better in both typical office applications and graphic tasks.

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Snapdragon 8cx versus i5-8250U - office applications. Source: Qualcomm.
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Snapdragon 8cx vs. i5-8250U - graphical benchmark. Source: Qualcomm.

The true power of the Qualcomm CPU

Someone could ask at this point: All right, but what's the point? Qualcomm's processor is doing quite well, but Lake-R level of performance is unlikely to impress anyone in 2020. The answer to this puzzle can be found in two places. First of all, the aforementioned "5G laptops" - the devices are to be the first portable computers permanently connected to a cutting-edge super-fast network (of course, provided that we are within its range). Snapdragon 8cx will be equipped with two modems - X55 (5G) and X24 (LTE), which will allow it to connect seamlessly to the Internet using the best available standard. The second and more important hint, however, is the benchmark for battery life.

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Snapdragon 8cx versus i5-8250U - battery life. Source: Qualcomm.

Nearly 20 hours of video playback and 17 hours of intensive office work are a really impressive result for a laptop. For frequent travellers, this result may be just as important or even more important than the results of performance tests. Ultimately, both machines - both Intel-based and Snapdragon 8cx-based - are capable of offering enough power for most everyday applications (except gaming, but nobody reasonable buys such a computer for that purpose). So why decide on the one whose batteries will last for several hours less?

  1. Qualcomm - official website
  2. Lenovo - official website
  3. Intel - official website
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