Snapdragon 845 with Windows
The company had dampened expectations in the spring again and for now, only wants to confirm the launch of devices with Snapdragon 835 chip. As the conversation with Qualcomm at the MWC shows, Qualcomm now seems confident that even devices with Snapdragon 845 and Windows on board will come later this year.
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For example, Miguel Nunes, Head of Product Management for Windows Devices at Qualcomm, was able to confirm that, contrary to earlier statements, the first laptops and 2-in-1 devices equipped with the Snapdragon 845 will be released this year. Nunes emphasizes that it will accelerate development in collaboration with Microsoft and OEMs. In the future, Qualcomm wants to be able to offer new Windows PCs on ARM basis in a similar tact as with portable radio devices.
According to Nunes, the company had to invest a lot of time to overcome serious problems with critical system components such as the drivers during development. In addition, they are currently focused on supporting 32-bit apps, as the effort in 64-bit applications such as games is significantly higher. So for now, 32-bit emulation will stay on Snapdragon chips.
In the future, however, according to Nunes developers should be able to develop apps directly with a corresponding SDK on 64-bit basis and for Qualcomm ARM processors, so that they can run natively, without an emulation.
For Qualcomm, the appeal of Windows on ARM lies in sustainable energy management and the resulting efficiency. Simple tasks such as anti-virus programs are distributed as possible on the power-saving cores, the full power should be retrieved only in rare cases. After these positive signals about Windows on ARM, it will be interesting to see what the next few months will bring.