Now, if this new Qualcomm SoC supports Micro SDXC Version 5 cards up to 2 TB capacity, then we really do have a potentially viable alternative to the Intel x86 CPU at least on the mid-range laptop level.
According to a recent leak via WinFuture, the upcoming ARM based Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 system on chip is designed especially for PCs and laptops. The SDM1000 (sounds like a Terminator movie, doesn’t it?) is allegedly using ARM’s next-gen Cortex A-76 architecture and it has a larger design compared to other ARM based mobile SoCs, arriving in at 20 millimeters x 15 millimeters, and drawing up to 12W of power, i.e. the next gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 will be a serious contender to Intel’s low power Y and U processors. What does it mean?
Well, the good news for consumers (that would be you) is that AMD and Intel will soon have to compete with Qualcomm , which until now has been focusing on the mobile market. Qualcomm is a giant SoC manufacturer, and besides powering most of the droids out there with their systems on chip and stuff, they are also building their own consumer devices. However, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 appears to be engineered to be used exclusively in ultrabooks and such in the near future, those kinds of gizmos that are offering always on 4G/5G support and they’re capable of lasting all day autonomy wise, just like a regular smartphone, but with more screen real estate and more “oomph” hardware wise. Which is awesome, if you ask me.
According to the leaks, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 will support up to 16GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB of storage (UFS 2.1), 802.11 ad gigabit WLAN and gigabit LTE, which definitely sounds pretty interesting in my book, being that kind of configuration you’d see in a mid-ranged laptop rather than a smartphone or tablet. More importantly, the QSD 1000 also comes in a socketed version, which is that kind of a processor find inside a desktop PC, as it permits future upgrades compared to a soldered CPU, as it’s the case with current mobile devices.