Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c and 8c aim for low-end and midrange PCs

Given that the premium 8cx chip hasn’t delivered on performance promises, it’s hard to know if lower-performing chips willbe accepted. But Project xCloud over 5G sounds cool.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 7c and 8c at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii. The chips, two derivatives of the Snapdragon 8cx, will provide opportunities for cheaper PCs to take advantage of the Snapdragon 8cx’s advantages: fanless platforms, long battery life and constant connectivity.

It’s a gutsy move. Qualcomm’s premium Snapdragon 8cx PC processor has arguably struggled to compete with Intel’s Core and AMD’s Ryzen, at least from a performance standpoint.. Nevertheless, the company’s decided that cheaper, presumably less powerful Snapdragon chips for PCs are the way forward.

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