After showing a demo of running Windows 10 on an ARM-based Snapdragon 850, Qualcomm is working on Snapdragon 1000. The new chip will be strictly for Windows 10 based PCs and will be used in Laptops and even PCs. Confused about Snapdragon 1000 vs Intel chips? Read further!
Intel has been a king of the low powered processing for quite a while now, with almost all low powered Windows systems sporting an Intel chip. Be it mini laptops, portable 2 in 1s and tablets, Intel’s Celeron, Atom or the Core Y/U series have always been the first choice. Qualcomm has decided to break the wheel. It is working on Snapdragon 1000, a 12 W chip that will replace most low powered chips, and will be more powerful in theory. And most importantly, Windows 10 on Snapdragon 1000 will be a beast.
ARM vs x86
To get a little bit more insight, Intel chips work on x86 CPU instruction set. Qualcomm chips work on ARM instruction set. This basically means that any x86 process will have problems running on an ARM-based CPU because the command it gives to the CPU and what the CPU translates is totally different. Intel almost has a monopoly over the x86 set (with the exception of AMD). To tap into this previously inaccessible market, Qualcomm has developed a method to emulate x86 apps on ARM. The Snapdragon 820 did it with quite a significant drop in performance and the Snapdragon 850 bridged the gap a bit. But with Snapdragon 1000, Qualcomm plans to beat the Intel CPUs to a dust.
Snapdragon 1000 vs Intel CPUs
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 vs Intel war just doesn’t stop here. If the preliminary reports are correct, the chip has already surpassed Intel Celeron and Intel Atom chips. Not just that, it may be equivalent to Core Y CPUs and even some Core U CPUs. Laptops and tablets without fans use Core Y CPUs. Core U processors are used in Laptops with fans but small batteries due to low power consumptions. At only 12 W, the Snapdragon 1000 is reportedly on par with CPUs from both these lineups. Always-on and always-connected PCs will use these chips.
The Finishing Blow
Also, The Snapdragon 1000 will sit on a socket. This means you would theoretically be able to upgrade your laptop’s CPU. None of Intel’s low power CPUs are capable of this feat. Hence the Snapdragon 1000 has another victory feather on their hat.
Who Will Take Home the Crown?
At the end of the day, what consumers care about is price, performance, and usability. The thermals and performance seem excellent on the Snapdragon 1000. The only factor that may deter its success is pricing, and if Qualcomm plays it right, we might soon start seeing Snapdragon processors almost everywhere. Whatever happens, the only winner in this war of CPUs will be the consumer.