Hands On With The Snapdragon 8c And 7c, Qualcomm's Value-PC Play
PCWorld|January 2020
We couldn’t run benchmarks, so here are some common tasks.
Mark Hachman

Let’s be honest: We’re a bit skeptical of the new Snapdragon 7c and 8c story (go.pcworld.com/7c8c), Qualcomm’s latest expansion of its Snapdragon Compute lineup into cheaper markets. But we had a chance to play around with them, and they’re...fine?

At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the company offered reporters a chance to try out a pair of 7c and 8c demo machines. Both of the units we saw were reference designs, with pre-production hardware.

Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management for compute products, supplied us with a few more details about each chip. The 7c includes a pair of ARM Cortex-A76 “performance” cores, with six Cortex-A55 cores serving as the low-power “efficiency” cores. There’s an X15 LTE modem, too.

The Snapdragon 8c uses four A76 and four A55 cores each, a higher-performing mix that’s paired with a 2Gbps X24 LTE modem or an optional 5G modem, the X55. If that means nothing to you, that’s fine: Nunes said that you should think of the Snapdragon 8cx as a Core i5, the 8c as a Core i3, and the 7c as a Celeron-based Pentium processor.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM PCWORLDView All

HP Envy 14 (2021) : This budget content-creation laptop does it all

While you can find laptops that outperform the Envy 14, it’s harder to find one that can do so for the same price.

10+ mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

ThinkPad X1 Nano: Lenovo drops the mic with its light, fast, and long-lasting ThinkPad

This ThinkPad hits the sweet spot between power and battery life.

10+ mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

OnePlus 9 Pro: Revolutionary display, evolutionary camera

These are the early days of the Hasselblad camera partnership with OnePlus—and it shows.

10 mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

Corsair K65 RGB Mini: Hands-on with the 60 percent mechanical gaming keyboard

It’s just so small.

2 mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR PC BUILDING: DON'T GET CAUGHT WITHOUT THESE 10 ITEMS IN YOUR TOOLKIT

SOME ARE NO-BRAINERS, WHILE OTHERS YOU’LL BE GLAD TO HAVE ON HAND WHEN TROUBLE STRIKES.

9 mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

AMD's new Ryzen 5000G chips wield Radeon graphics— and double the cores

The “G” stands for “graphics.”

3 mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

A PERFECT STORM: WHY GRAPHICS CARDS COST SO MUCH NOW

IT’S COMPLICATED.

10 mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

Android loses a huge innovator as LG quits making phones

LG phones pushed the bleeding edge of innovation, but it wasn’t enough.

2 mins read
PCWorld
May 2021

Ryzen 5000 failure rates: We reality‑check the claims

Problems with bad Ryzen chips may be overblown.

4 mins read
PCWorld
April 2021

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ : A giant leap in graphics performance

It’s the most potent upgrade the Surface Pro line has offered in years.

10+ mins read
PCWorld
April 2021