There's no denying that Qualcomm makes some of the best mobile chipsets. But no matter what, you can't deny that its naming convention sometimes doesn't make sense. For example, at the end of 2018, it introduced the Snapdragon 8cx for Windows on ARM devices. But since then, there have been other “c” SoCs. Now, Qualcomm has made the decision to rebrand to the Snapdragon X Series.
According to Qualcomm, this rebranding comes after “extensive analysis” and customer feedback. Qualcomm says that the “c” names were too easy to confuse with the Snapdragon for android devices.
Qualcomm says the Snapdragon X Series has an X identifier to distinguish its PC platforms from the other Snapdragon product categories. But again, Qualcomm already has X series modems. For example, consider the Snapdragon X75 and X72. Qualcomm released these modems this February.
But the good news is that Qualcomm has promised a clear and simplified tiering structure for its future products. That means the naming strategy will likely change with the release of the Snapdragon X Series. But the rebranding isn't just about making the SoC lineups hard to confuse.
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More About the Snapdragon X Series
With this rebranding of Windows ARM chips, Qualcomm is preparing to launch its new Oryon-based SoCs. And the X Series will mark a clean break between Snapdragons using Qualcomm's in-house core and ARM-designed CPU cores.
One thing to note here is that the Oryon-based cores on the Snapdragon X Series chipsets are for the Windows on ARM branch. There's no clear indication about whether these will be the same cores for the upcoming phone SoCs.
Regarding the launch timeline, you can expect to see new devices powered by the X Series SoCs in 2024. There will be different tiers available, ranging from devices 4-core to fully-fledged 12-core models. And Qualcomm will likely offer more information regarding its Oryon cores soon. Stay tuned, as we will be offering in-depth coverage in this regard when more info becomes available.