Next-Gen Microsoft HoloLens Rumored To Harness Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 ACPC Power
Rumors were circulating last summer that Microsoft was at work on a HoloLens 2 that was supposed to launch in Q1 2019. At the time, that rumor claimed the next HoloLens was supposed to be lighter, more comfortable, and have improved holographic displays. A new rumor circulating now claims that the next-generation device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform.
This chipset is not entirely new, and there are devices on the market already that use it including the Lenovo Yoga C630 and the Samsung Galaxy Book 2. Qualcomm was recently in the news for rolling out its Snapdragon 8cx chipset, and some might wonder why that won't be the SoC for the next-gen HoloLens. Word is the reasoning has to do with the Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that the HoloLens relies so heavily on and the included AI coprocessor. Microsoft uses an Intel Atom processor in the current generation HoloLens' HPU.
What using the Snapdragon 850 does mean is that the new HoloLens will be always connected thanks to the Snapdragon 850's integrated Snapdragon X20 4G LTE modem. The Snapdragon X20 supports download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Sadly, Microsoft used the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem in the Surface Pro and Surface Go and gimped the download speeds to 450Mbps, so there is no guarantee that because the X20 supports 1.2Gbps Microsoft will offer that speed. Microsoft's new HoloLens is being aimed mostly at enterprise users and in that group LTE connectivity is important because of additional security over what Wi-Fi networks can offer.