As previously reported, Qualcomm will loudly distinguish itself in the segment of processors for PCs based on Windows and is preparing to announce a new series of SoCs Snapdragon future flagship model of the new processor series – Snapdragon X Elite.
The Snapdragon X Elite will use 12 Oryon computing cores with a 64-bit architecture, manufactured using a 4nm process technology. With all active cores, the processor can work at frequencies of up to 3.8 GHz, with one or two cores it is automatically overclocked to 4.3 GHz. In the new chip, the manufacturer placed great emphasis on expanding support for various AI functions and algorithms, the operation of which is ensured by the AI coprocessor Hexagon NPU (Neural Processing Unit). Thanks to this, the Snapdragon X Elite promises a total performance of 45 TOPS (trillion operations per second). That’s 55% more than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3. Qualcomm says their chip can deliver similar levels of performance compared to competitors at just a third of the power required. Unfortunately, the company does not specify which specific competitor it is.
The company does not provide any information about the Snapdragon graphics subsystem. This is higher than the performance of the graphics subsystem of the Xbox Series S gaming console on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture, where it is 4 Tflops. Like the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3, the new Adreno GPU in the Snapdragon X Elite will support the DirectX 12 API.
Snapdragon The maximum RAM size supported is 64 GB. For comparison: the previous generation of processors works with LPDDR4x-4266 memory. The new chip also claims support for SD v3.0 memory cards, PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid-state drives, and UFS 4.0 flash storage.
The Snapdragon X Elite’s Wi-Fi capabilities are also improved. The processor received a Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 modem with support for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 (instead of Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 in the previous generation). It should also be added that the new processor’s Video Processing Unit graphics engine supports AV1 encoding and decoding, which the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3 does not have.
The Snapdragon X Elite uses two dedicated 18-bit Qualcomm Spectra image signal processors (ISPs). The chip reportedly supports dual 36-megapixel or one 64-megapixel camera configurations with the ability to record 4K video in HDR mode.
According to available data, actual products based on the Snapdragon X Elite are expected to appear in mid-2024.