Snapdragon X Plus Is Being Tested In Two Variants, New SoCs Likely Positioned As The Less Powerful Versions To The Snapdragon X Elite

The Snapdragon X Elite is expected to be found in the upcoming wave of notebooks arriving in the first half of 2024. However, Qualcomm has plans to expand this lineup with a possibly less powerful version that will reportedly be called the Snapdragon X Plus. According to the latest information, there is not one but two versions of the SoC that are currently being tested, and they could share one notable feature with the more capable silicon, as you will soon find out.

Qualcomm is said to be testing the Snapdragon X Plus versions with an integrated Snapdragon X65 5G modem

With the Snapdragon X Elite sporting the SKU number ‘X1E,’ WinFuture reports that both the Snapdragon X Plus versions carry the ‘X1P’ identifier, making it easier to tell the two chipset classes apart. Specifically, the internal identification numbers of the two variants are X1P44100 and X1P46100, but at this time, no other technical details exist. However, given the name, the Snapdragon X Plus will likely occupy the position of being the less powerful version of the Snapdragon X Elite.

This can mean that Qualcomm will incorporate fewer performance and efficiency cores, much like Apple’s approach when separating the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chipsets. While the Snapdragon X Plus may not compete with the Snapdragon X Elite in raw performance, Qualcomm could give it certain attributes that would make it more coveted by customers wanting to pick up an ARM-powered Windows notebook at an affordable price.

One of those features is an integrated Snapdragon X65 5G modem, and with Qualcomm testing this feature, we may see more laptops in the market that are 5G-ready. For now, Apple is losing out by not adding these modems to its portable Macs, which is strange to witness, given that its iPad range ships with the same SoCs and can be figured with these baseband chips.

The report does not mention when we should expect the Snapdragon X Plus to arrive officially, but given that the first family of Snapdragon X Elite-powered notebooks will enter the market in H2 2024, we can expect those chipsets later in the year. Here are our fingers crossed that Qualcomm brings much-needed competition in the ARM notebook space and takes the fight to Apple.

News Source: WinFuture

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