What you need to know
- A second generation of the Snapdragon 7c processor is reportedly on the way.
- The Snapdragon 7c will likely appear in Windows 10 PCs built for education as well as Chromebooks.
- The Snapdragon 7c provides a path for manufacturers to create affordable PCs with 4G LTE connectivity.
A second generation of the Snapdragon 7c processor could be on the way for Windows 10 PCs. Qualcomm first announced its Snapdragon 7c and 8c processors in December 2019. The first generation Snapdragon 7c was for entry-level PCs and Chromebooks, so it's reasonable to assume that a second generation 7c would stay within that family of devices.
According to WinFuture, the new chip has an internal model number of SC7295, giving credence to the idea that it's in the 7 series.
The Snapdragon SC7295 is an octa-core processor that reportedly has a maximum clock speed of 2.7GHz. That max clock speed only appears to be reachable by one of the four big cores within the processor. The other three big cores within the chip reportedly run at a maximum of 2.4GHz. WinFuture also reports that the processor will have four little cores that run at 1.8GHz.
If the reported specs of the second generation of the 7c are accurate, they'll only be a minor improvement from the first generation. Power isn't the main proposition of these processors though. They provide a pathway for manufacturers to create affordable PCs with 4G LTE connectivity and long battery life, both of which are important in the education market.
For example, he JP.IK Turn T101 is a 2-in-1 that starts at only $299. You'd be hard-pressed to find another Windows 10 PC with LTE connectivity at that price range.
We don't know at this time when the new processor will be announced.
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In the short term lower cost Windows on ARM PCs are crucial. Windows on ARM even with it's current limitations brings serious benefits. And let's face it if you live in Edge and Office only Windows on ARM isn't slow. The lack of Chrome is a serious problem to uptake though. People want Chrome. Love my Surface Pro X. Wouldn't go back.
That's the reason why Google won't release chrome for WoARM, like they did for WP
Microsoft should get mediatek on board for low end and midrange market. Mediatek can offer better price per performance ratio compared to qualcomm 7c & 8c.
This will be great on a Chromebook. If I am using Windows, it is because I need powerful software and hardware that can support it. These chips aren't nearly fast enough and don't have the compatibility to make a compelling Windows machine.
Better than pentium and celeron
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