Qualcomm Snapdragon X Series teaser

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What you need to know

  • Qualcomm just announced its new Snapdragon X Series platform for PC.
  • Snapdragon X Series is built off the next-gen Oryon CPU, built by ex-Apple engineers.
  • More details about Oryon and Snapdragon X Series will be revealed later in October at the Snapdragon Summit.

Just a few weeks before officially unveiling its next-gen PC processors, Qualcomm announced the name of its newest PC platform: Snapdragon X Series.

Snapdragon X Series features Qualcomm’s in-house built Oryon CPU, created by the Nuvia team of ex-Apple engineers that Qualcomm acquired in early 2021 for $1.4 billion. That processor, named last year, is not an Arm Ltd design, which is what its previous Snapdragon 8cx platform was based on.

In late 2021, Qualcomm claimed this new processor is “designed to set the performance benchmark for Windows PCs” and will be an “M-series competitive solution for the PC.”

Indeed, a recent report from SemiAccurate claims Oryon CPUs perform “slightly more than the Apple M2 cores,” which currently power Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop portfolio. Apple, however, is expected to release its M3 series of CPUs either later this year or early 2024. 

Nonetheless, a PC processor that can beat Apple’s M2 in power and efficiency would be a massive win for the Windows PC industry and an excellent start for Qualcomm’s efforts in the laptop market.

In addition to the Oryon CPU, the heart of the Snapdragon X Series, Qualcomm also includes its GPU solution and NPU, which “will deliver accelerated on-device user experiences for the new era of generative AI.”

Microsoft’s rumored Windows 12 OS refresh, anticipated for fall 2024, focuses significantly on AI and will be a good launch pad for Qualcomm’s new PC platform. That OS also drops Arm32 app support in favor of Arm64.

Qualcomm Oryon announcement

Qualcomm annoucned in late 2022 the nw name of its next-gen PC processor, dubbed Oryon. (Image credit: Qualcomm)

Why Snapdragon X Series and when?

As to how Qualcomm decided on the name Snapdragon X, the company explained in its press release:

  • The X identifier distinguishes our PC platforms from other Snapdragon product categories.
  • The premium design celebrates this monumental leap forward in computing, and the user experiences it will enable.
  •  A clear, simplified tiering structure helps users navigate our platform capabilities from mainstream to premium.
  • All while leveraging the global brand equity of Snapdragon.

We won’t have to wait long to learn about the details of Oryon and Snapdragon X Series chips as the company is hosting its annual Snapdragon Summit from October 24 through the 26th in Maui.

Details about performance, efficiency, and some reference design laptops powered by the next-gen chip will be revealed. We will also likely hear of PC launch partners, possibly from HP, Lenovo, Dell, and others expected to have new Windows laptops featuring Snapdragon X Series. However, consumers won’t get onto such PCs until sometime in 2024, when they hit mass production.

Combined with Intel’s latest Meteor Lake announcement, the Windows laptop landscape 2024 will be very interesting, competitive, and a likely challenge to Apple.

Windows Central will be at the Snapdragon Summit on October 24-26 to cover the unveiling of the new processors.

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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

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