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Windows 10 demo was on Snapdragon 821

by on13 December 2016

Qualcomm president confirms multiple chipset support

Just five days ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 has full support for Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs and everyone jumped to the conclusion expecting that only the Snapdragon 835 and the future SoCs are supported. It turns out that the device on stage was based on Snapdragon 821 confirming that Windows 10 runs on the current generation too.

Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, EVP, Windows and Devices Group,  demonstrated  Windows 10 64 bit running on the Snapdragon 820, utilizing four cores and using the full 4GB of available memory. The devices will run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Win32 apps through emulation and we are sure that Windows 10 will run on future hardware with even more RAM too.

This news definitely brings a much-needed change. Microsoft has realised that having Intel and AMD with X86 is not enough anymore to fight the ARM alliance. The company is starting with Qualcomm as a strong partner, and the fact that Qualcomm was exclusively used in all Windows phones definitely speeded up the development and introduction.

Qualcomm Technologies’ Cristiano Amon, EVP, Qualcomm Technologies & President, QCT,  went on stage and even hugged Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, showing how happy he was.

Cristiano Amon an Executive VP, Qualcomm Technologies & President, QCT, said:

"We are super excited to be here. I think, maybe it is fair to say that we all been anxiously waiting for this moment. I think us and all our partners were probably waiting for this moment for a long time, since I probably joined Qualcomm. Qualcomm is going to be a great addition to the Windows eco system and we are really committed to it.

How you should think about it is that together with Microsoft, you should think about full mobility and cloud computing for content creators wherever you are."

Cristiano pointed out that the demonstration was conducted on a Snapdragon 821 device running Windows 10 64 bit and that he can't wait to show us guys how a next generation 10nm Snapdragon 800 series will run Windows 10. The actual demo lists the SoC as  the Snapdragon 820, but the difference between 821 and 820 is just around 10 percent higher clock speed.

The cooperation should result in  some amazing devices, as Qualcomm has a great SoC with a lot of tricks including connectivity inside of the single SoC. Bringing an all integrated SoC can save you quite a lot of power, which is a crucial element in an ultra-thin and light device enabling great battery life.

With the next generation, Snapdragon 800 (yes, he means 10nm Snapdragon 835) you will get a Gigabit class LTE modem inside, the best of  class Wi-Fi that will enable great connectivity everywhere. Qualcomm is committed to help the transition of the PC with 5G speeds and more immersive stuff down the road.

You can expect thin, light, maximum portability and fanless for all day connected computing with great battery life. 2017 it looks like a  troublesome year for Intel, as Qualcomm attacks its two biggest cash cows - the  PC and server market. 

Last modified on 25 December 2016
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