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The first Snapdragon X powered PCs have been announced

Weve been following the development of Qualcomms Snapdragon X processors closely in recent months. Following on from our hands-on, in which we were able to test these chips in reference Snapdragon laptops, Qualcomm has now announced the first consumer devices to use them. Qualcomm has partnered with Microsoft to support the Copilot+ PC, an emerging category of Windows PCs designed and marketed around AI performance.

Over 20 portable PCs powered by the Snapdragon X Elite and Plus processors have been announced from global OEMs like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung. Announced at Microsoft Build this week, the first wave of Copilot+ PCs will also include new Surface devices, using Windows, along with Qualcomm's new Arm-based Snapdragon X processor. Microsoft has been working on improving Windows on Arm for years. Typically, Windows supports x86 CPUs from the likes of AMD and Intel, so some extra optimisation work had to be done to get things running smoothly on Arm-powered devices.

According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus provide long battery life, up to 45 TOPS of NPU performance, and up to 5.4 times better performance per watt than competing chips like the Apple M3 or Intel Core Ultra 7 processors. Through efficiency improvements, Snapdragon X laptops should boast incredibly good battery life, potentially lasting a full day on a single charge, depending on workload.

Snapdragon X processors also support 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2, enabling fast and reliable wireless communication.

The first Snapdragon X powered Copilot PCs are available now and are expected to begin shipping on the 18th of June.

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