In this opening of CES 2021, two new machines are announced with Qualcomm’s most high-end PC chip, the Snapdragon 8cx. The first is Lenovo’s IdeaPad 5G, a machine that targets “always-on” users with its built-in 5G modem (4G compatible).
14-inch format, it incorporates a classic technical sheet – Full HD IPS panel, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage – in a light format since it only displays 1.2 kg on the scale.
More upscale, the Elite Folio from HP is designed around a more exotic chassis with a wide hinge that allows the choice of advancing the screen beyond the keyboard or folding the device down like a tablet – but l The device looks very thick and uncomfortable to use in handwriting mode (comes with a stylus).
Under the hood is the Snapdragon 8cx Gen2, a minor chip revision from Qualcomm with Wi-Fi 6 and some micro improvements. Embedding 512 GB of storage and configurable with up to 16 GB of RAM, the Elite Folio is intended for a more wealthy audience (more pro?) Than the IdeaPad 5G.
Yet it is the model that seems the least interesting: with a SoC a little older, but almost as powerful, Lenovo could succeed in lowering the price of its PC under Snapdragon, favoring (finally?) The distribution of the Qualcomm platform . More luxurious and equipped with the most modern chip, the Elite Folio bears the brunt of the comparison with the new Macbook Pro and Macbook Air based on Apple’s M1 chip. A comparison in particular performance / price ratio which can only turn to the advantage of Apple.
If Qualcomm was the first in 2017 to (re) launch the idea of a real ARM alternative to traditional x86 chips, the firm has taken the time to make its mark (different tempo from the PC world, few partners at the start , recycling of mobile chips, etc.). While Qualcomm is serious about investing in computer chips (and it appears to be), its goal now is to successfully coordinate with Microsoft to develop Snapdragon chips that can do at least as well as the M1 in. Apple.
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