This new Snapdragon CPU powers a $300 Windows 10 ARM laptop

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Qualcomm recently revealed its plans to launch laptops within the $300-$800 price range. These laptops are going to feature a new chip named Qualcomm Snapdragon 7cx.

The company aims to target both developers and consumers with their Snapdragon 7cx processor. Many users can’t afford to buy Snapdragon 8cx laptops which are available at a higher price.

On the other hand, we can see that the existing and upcoming applications need to be optimized for ARM chips as well.

Qualcomm is not the only company that wants to jump into this domain. The search giant was previously interested in developing a Chrome browser with ARM-optimization

Here is how users responded to the news

This news sparked hot discussions among Reddit users. Some users are really concerned about the performance of a $300 laptop. One of the users commented on a Reddit post:

$300? I highly doubt it. Snapdragon 835 laptops, while had performance similar to cheap Intel Pentium mobile CPU, had premium prices. IMO very bad deal for only one benefit of great battery life.

Another user was of the opinion that a $300 laptop can only perform well at web browsing. 

You can’t expect much more than web browsing on a $300 laptop. Though Electron is getting support for ARM executables on Windows, and a lot of developer tools are Electron apps (e.g. VS Code); I will be curious to see how that stuff runs on ARM.

While other users mentioned the GPU memory leak issues targetting ChromeOS on ARM. They also highlighted the fact that ChromeOS chews up a lot of RAM memory.

The company has yet to reveal more details about the Snapdragon 7cx platform’s specifications. It’s just a matter of time until we can see how the actual $300 laptop performs in real life. 

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