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Qualcomm, Lenovo collaborate to claim ‘world first’ 5G PC launch

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In spite of Donald Trump’s best efforts to fuel an international trade war, US chip maker Qualcomm and Chinese computers vendor Lenovo have collaborated to claim the world first launch of a 5G powered PC.

The PC was launched at the Computex ICT and IoT show in Taiwan, following the collaboration on what the two companies dubbed Project Limitless.

The laptop is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform and is the claimed as the “world’s first 7nm platform purpose-built for PCs that offers 5G connectivity”.

Alex Katouzian, senior vice-president and general manager, mobile business unit, Qualcomm, said: “Our collaboration with Lenovo will deliver transformative PC user experiences for both consumers and the enterprise thanks to the platform’s performance and power efficiency, combined with the high speed, low-latency connectivity made possible by 5G.

“Bandwidth-intensive tasks that involve downloading and uploading large files over a wireless connection can be exponentially faster, "making remote storage feel as seamless as local storage", this will change the way users create, collaborate and communicate with their computing devices.”

Qualcom says the Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform is the most extreme Snapdragon platform ever designed, with extreme performance, extreme battery life and extreme connectivity.

“It supports immersive user experiences, multi-gigabit LTE, multi-day battery life*, and enterprise applications and security. The platform features the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem, a single-chip multi-mode solution which along with Qualcomm Technologies' RF Front-End, allows OEMs to bring 5G connectivity to new and innovative PC form factors.

“The 5G-enabled Project Limitless collaboration with Lenovo is the latest example of how Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes, and communicates. Consumers can expect more to come from Lenovo and Qualcomm in early 2020."

“At Lenovo, we don’t innovate for the sake of technology alone. Everything we do is about improving people’s experience,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice-president and general manager, Consumer Business of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo.

“With real 5G in a PC, it’s all about satisfying users’ need for speed: faster file transfers and streaming in 4K, 8K and even AR/VR; faster and higher quality video chats on-the-go; even faster screen refreshes for mobile gaming.

“When we say limitless connectivity, we mean it – 5G PC users the world-over will save time, stay productive, or get online entertainment from nearly anywhere, at any time.”

The Snapdragon 8cx 5G platform includes the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, which integrates Category 22 LTE, which Qualcomm says is achieving peak download speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps, “for the fastest 4G connectivity available today”.

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