At Computex 2019, Qualcomm announced its partnership with Lenovo to launch a new 5G capable laptop code-named “Project Limitless, which makes use of the Snapdragon 8cx chipsets that were announced in December last year. The chip maker also revealed benchmark results for its latest CPU to prove how it outperforms the Intel Core i5-8250U.
The Snapdragon 8cx is the first 7nm chipset developed for PCs to bring 5G connectivity to the platform. Qualcomm executives have said that the processor will run at 2.84GHz. This is the most powerful SoC the chip maker has ever made, and it also features the faster-ever modem. The Adreno 680 GPU in the Snapdragon 8cx is said to be twice as powerful and possess 60 percent better efficiency than the Adreno 630 GPU of the Snapdragon 850. Many had already assumed that the first laptops to use this CPU would be from Lenovo as the test systems Qualcomm used to showcase the CPU back in December were from Lenovo.
Snapdragon 8cx Outperforms Intel Core i5-8250U In PCMark Tests
According to Johnson Jia, senior vice president of Lenovo’s PC Business Group, the upcoming Lenovo 5G PCs that make use of the Snapdragon 8cx compute platform will feature “ultra-low latency, remarkable performance, battery life and 5G connectivity that will revolutionize the way we work and play.” To support these claims, Qualcomm showcased benchmark results that demonstrate how the Snapdragon 8cx competes with Intel Core i5 8250U CPUs. PCMark, developed by UL, provided new benchmark tests based around applications, graphics and battery life for this comparison.
First up is the PCMark application benchmark test that was used to ascertain the two CPUs’ performance across PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and EdgeHTML. In all the tests except Excel, the Snapdragon 8cx managed to comparable or better scores than the Core i5-8250U. According to Jani Joki, the director of engineering at UL, benchmark results for EdgeHTML and the recently announced Chromium based Edge would remain the same.
Next, we have the graphics test for which 3DMark Night Raid was used. This test was specifically designed to compare ARM and X86-based systems. Again, the Snapdragon 8cx is seen to perform better than the Intel CPU. The overall score for the Snapdragon chipset is in the 5710 – 5815 range, while the Core i5-8250U sustains overall scores of 5047 – 5055.
It isn’t a surprise to see the Snapdragon chipset perform almost twice as better than its Intel counterpart when it comes to battery life tests. According to Miguel Nunes, the director of product management at Qualcomm, battery life has continued to improve with every iteration of Snapdragon SoCs.
5G connectivity on the Snapdragon 8cx comes courtesy of Qualcomm’s X55 modem. Considering 5G support is not available for most parts of the world, the chipset also comes with the existing X24 LTE modem to fall back on. Qualcomm is said to have showcased the X55 running over the sub-6GHz spectrum in a private booth at Computex.
For now, Qualcomm hasn’t disclosed which other PC makers besides Lenovo will make use of its new chipset. As for Project Limitless, there hasn’t been any official price or available timeline provided either. With that said, this is indeed a huge leap forward for mobile computing tech, and we can’t wait to see more PC makers use it in their products.