Snapdragon 8c and 7c: New CPU variants for Windows 10 on ARM

Two new processors are added to Qualcomm’s Windows product line of ARM-compatible notebooks. During today’s Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii, the company unveiled the new Snapdragon 8c and 7c CPUs, the most popular and affordable Windows notebook CPUs running on the company’s processors. These are alternatives with lower performance than Snapdragon 8cx.

Snapdragon 8c and 7c, New CPUs for Windows on ARM

The 8c is the successor to the Snapdragon 850, which the company deployed in the second generation in Windows on ARM notebooks such as the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 and which uses a Qualcomm X24 LTE modem (X55 5G is optional), Kryo 490 CPU and Adreno 675 graphics. The company promises a performance increase of 30% over the SP 850. 7nm chips are designed for fanless devices.

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The 7c is the simplest product designed for the most affordable Windows 10 laptops using a Kryo 468, Adreno 618 and X15 LTE modem.

These will not replace Snapdragon 8cx, the company’s high-end processor. The 8cx has not yet been released on a laptop, although we know it is intended for Lenovo’s next 5G Project Limitless laptop as well as the Samsung Galaxy Book S, which has not yet been released.

We recently saw the Microsoft Surface Pro X and its SQ1 processor, a variant of the 8cx. Currently, ARM processors running Windows 10 are facing a lack of compatible applications. Remember that Windows 10 emulates on ARM x86 applications to run on the ARM architecture, although this is not always possible.