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Qualcomm Announces The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G

Qualcomm has announced its new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform, which boasts various features ranging from lengthy battery life and advanced camera tech to strong security and AI acceleration.

"The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G will be 50% better than competitors in terms of system-wide performance and battery life," Qualcomm says in its press release. It’ll provide multi-day battery life too, so devices will last quite a while.

Quality audio and camera experiences are promised. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G has the Qualcomm Spectra ISP, which supports up to a 4K HDR display and a 32 MP camera, and devices that have it can support Dual 4K displays are possible via a Type C cable connected to a dock. Meanwhile, Qualcomm Aqstic provides echo cancellation and noise suppression technology.

Unsurprisingly, given the name, there’s 5G connectivity, along with WiFi 6 support. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G will also provide enterprise-grade security and support AI acceleration.

“Working remotely is the new reality, and more businesses are looking to quickly and securely connect their employee base, accelerating the need for always on, always connected PCs that are thin, light and truly mobile, equipped with blazing fast 5G cellular and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and coupled with multi-day battery-life to boost productivity,” said Qualcomm Technologies Senior Director of Product Management Miguel Nunes in a prepared statement.

Acer has already announced their first Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G-powered device, the Spin 7. “We envision notebooks of the future to provide exceptional productivity and portability with human-centric design, ultra-long battery life, blazing-fast 5G connectivity and beyond,” said Acer Co-COO Jerry Kao in their press release. “The new Acer Spin 7 is an Always On, Always Connected notebook capable of keeping up with the modern work-from-anywhere lifestyle with its sleek form factor supporting up to multi-day use on a single charge.”

More commercial Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G-powered devices are expected in late 2020.

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