Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 8cx 5G PC platform, coming to Always Connected PCs later this year

Laurent Giret

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform at MWC this morning, which PC manufacturers will be able to use to bring next gen wireless connectivity to Always Connected PCs later this year. This first commercial 5G PC Platform is based on the new 7nm Snapdragon 8cx chip that Qualcomm announced back in December, and it’s coupled with the company’s new X55 5G modem.

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As mobile carriers around the world are preparing to roll out 5G networks, Qualcomm promises that its new 5G PC platform could be an industry-changing moment, with multi-gigabit connectivity and multi-day battery life. “With the introduction of Snapdragon 8cx 5G, private 5G small-cell networks will proliferate in the enterprise. This will allow for a more security-rich, high-performance data link for the next generation of connected applications and experiences for the modern connected worker. These applications and experiences include cloud storage and computing, highly responsive multiplayer gaming, immersive 360-degree video and instant apps,” the chip maker said today.

Qualcomm has already started shipping Snapdragon 8cx 5G units to PC makers including Lenovo, and the first devices using this new 5G PC platform are expected to be avilable in late 2019.