Qualcomm would have big ambitions for its next Snapdragon 1000 , which we have been hearing little by little for a few weeks. Much more powerful than the current Snapdragon 845 (which drives many flagships launched in recent months), this chip would have been specially designed to give ARM machines running Windows 10 the power they desperately need. At least that's what Roland Quandt (usually knowledgeable) thinks he knows, who took an indiscreet glance at the LinkedIn profile of an engineer. A profile whose content went in this direction. The good news is that the information gathered covers a nice variety of devices.
Beyond being responsible for running laptops based on an ARM architecture in good conditions, we learn that the Snapdragon 1000 would also be integrated into the new HoloLens that Microsoft is preparing for us on the sly (we talked about it here ) . More interestingly, Qualcomm's future SoC would also propel the Andromeda project that the Redmond firm has been refining for a few months already.
If the device is currently known under at least two names (we have spoken of Surface Phone and Project Andromeda in turn), it would be, according to information gleaned here and there, a handheld terminal foldable in two, running on Windows 10 and actually powered by a Snapdragon 1000. Be careful, however, if the Microsoft device could be used for telephoning… it would not be a telephone.
Do not compete head-on with iPhone or Samsung flagships
The Redmond firm, which has filed a number of patents over the past 12 months, is reportedly looking to launch a terminal capable of sending and receiving calls and texts, sure, but it would be a device with a new genre, with a new form factor based on the presence of two screens. We also learn that said terminal would also belong to the large Surface family.
Microsoft would thus have in mind to integrate the traditional functions of a telephone in a product which does not resemble anything known. The objective is in particular not to compete directly with the behemoths firmly established in the smartphone market.
Remember that Dell is also working on a project of the same type (called Project Janus ). Taking a strangely similar design, this project would for its part be powered by a Snapdragon 850, the launch of which is expected in the second half of 2018. However, it is not known what will be the marketing niche of the Snapdragon 1000 (which for the moment carries the name of SDM1000), but it would also have support for 5G, a TDP of 12W and could support up to 16 GB of RAM.
Qualcomm SDM1000 is destined to end up in "desktop" PCs with Windows 10 on ARM, Microsofts project "Andromeda" (?) And even HoloLens it seems – Qualcomm really going for the Desktop ?! From the LinkedIn profile of a QC engineer: https://t.co/xrGfQvBb5z pic.twitter.com/Ux1l6Ebl7T
– Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 23, 2018