Announcement and preliminary tests of the Snapdragon X Elite platform

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has announced the most powerful computing ARM processor for PCs – Snapdragon X Elite. The developer promises high performance, accelerated processing of artificial intelligence tasks, and very high energy efficiency (laptops are said to have a battery life of up to several days).

In this development, the Qualcomm Hexagon NPU module processes artificial intelligence information. It provides enhanced video conferencing, security algorithms, and increased performance. The Qualcomm AI Engine is said to be capable of processing generative AI LLM models with 13 million parameters and supports Windows Studio Effects and many other applications.

The Snapdragon X Elite also includes intelligent security features that help protect your cloud connectivity. The Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit, which runs on Microsoft Pluton TPM, offers full memory encryption and support for Microsoft Secured-core PC. The Micro NPU module inside the Qualcomm Sensing Hub is responsible for device security, authentication, and data privacy.

Comparative tests were made public at a presentation during the Snapdragon Summit. Compared to Intel’s mobile processors, the new product promises significantly higher performance while consuming 60-70% less power. As for Apple’s M2 chip, the developer expects about a 50% peak performance increase in tests Geekbench.

The integrated GPU should be 74% more energy efficient and twice as powerful as the GPU of the Intel Core i7-13800H processor.

Ready PCs based on Snapdragon X Elite are expected around mid-2024.


Qualcomm Oryon processor
– technical process 4 nm
– 64-bit architecture
– 12 cores with a frequency of up to 3.8 GHz
– up to two cores with a frequency of up to 4.3 GHz

Storage media
– SD interface version v3.0
– NVMe interface version PCIe Gen 4
– UFS interface version 4.0

Qualcomm Adreno video adapter
– support for DirectX 12
– up to 4.6 TFLOP
– Hardware support for codecs: 4K60 10-bit encoding – H.264, HEVC (H.265), AV1. And 4K120 10-bit decoding – H.264, HEVC (H.265), VP9, AV1

Support for RAM
– up to 64 GB LPDDR5x
– up to 8 channels with a bandwidth of 136 GB/s (8533 MT/s)

Radio modules
• Snapdragon X65 5G Modem supports
– maximum download speed: 10 Gbps
– maximum download speed: 3.5 Gbps
– technology support: 5G NR, mmWave, sub-6 GHz, DSS, LTE
• Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 supports
– 802.11 standards: be, ax, ac, n, g, b, a
– frequencies: 6 GHz, 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
– Bluetooth version: 5.4

USB ports
– support for up to 3x USB4, 2x USB3.2 Gen2, 1x eUSB2

Audio processing
– technology support: Qualcomm Aqstic, Qualcomm® aptX

Qualcomm Spectra image capture
– image processing processor: 2x 18-bit ISP
– cameras: two 36 MP, or one 64 MP with 4K HDR support