The Snapdragon 850 succeeds the Snapdragon 835, and promises increased performance, improved battery life, and better connectivity.
One of Qualcomm's big pushes with the Snapdragon 850, though, will be the growth of artificial intelligence and smart assistant technologies.
"Always On, Always Connected" refers to the relatively new type of computer that doesn't completely shut down instead staying connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network even when asleep to allow for constant connectivity, similarly to how a smartphone works. The performance will be sustained for longer too. The idea was to create a new family of ARM-based PCs that were thin, lightweight, offered extended battery life and was LTE compatible.
Qualcomm said we could expect to see the Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 10 devices hit retail stores in time for the holiday season. It has a faster 2.96GHz clock speed, which makes the processor about 30 percent faster than the SD835. You've got the same Kryo 385 CPU cores, 84-bit architecture, same RAM support, 10nm (2nd gen) process, same Adreno 630 GPU, same video codec and capture support, etc. Qualcomm did up the CPU speed to 2.96GHz, though.
In the realm of laptop-specific features, there's really not much to go on aside from the fact that Qualcomm is now promising native support in Windows 10 for ARM64 applications via the 64-bit Win32 SDK. It can be believed to be a successor to the Snapdragon 835 which was launched for Windows 10 devices previous year.