The Qualcomm chipset under development will clearly compete with the Apple M1 and M2 series circuits. A chip equipped with 12 CPU cores could be much more powerful than the current chips that power Windows On-ARM laptops.

Under the codename Hamoa, Qualcomm is developing its latest chipset, the leaked specifications of which suggest it may compete with Apple’s M-series circuits. The Qualcomm chip will reportedly be marketed as the Snapdragon 8cx Gen4.

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Not only is Qualcomm working on this chip, but this 12-core chip is expected to be the most powerful. The 12 cores consist of eight high-performance cores and four energy-saving cores. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4’s performance cores are tested at 3.4GHz, and the power-saving cores run at 2.5GHz.

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One Known information Each quad-core block has 12MB of shared L2 cache and 8MB of L3 cache. Since the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 is rumored to have the same Adreno 740 GPU as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm is reportedly not making a new GPU for it. It’s still a powerful GPU — it’s said to be able to power three monitors simultaneously, two of which can be 4K and the third 5K.

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 features a more powerful NPU Hexagon Tensor that delivers up to 45 TOPS of theoretical AI performance. The chipset supports up to 64GB of LPDDR5X RAM at 4200MHz and supports up to discrete GPUs via PCIe 4.0. It’s not expected to be released until 2024, so Apple’s ARM-based laptop dominance seems guaranteed for at least another year.

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