The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was not the only major announcement at Qualcomm’s recent Tech Summit. The American chipmaker is also taking on Apple’s M1 chip with the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 meant for Windows laptops.

Qualcomm Announces the World’s First 5nm Chip for Windows Laptops

The 8cx Gen 3 is the world’s first 5nm laptop chip and it will target high-end laptops. Qualcomm has not revealed detailed specifications yet, but we know that it will bring an 85% increase in multi-core performance over the last generation.

Qualcomm Announces the World’s First 5nm Chip for Windows Laptops

The GPU has received a 60% performance boost while the NPU can now hit 29 TOPS, which is three times more than the last chip. All of these upgrades come with reduced power usage and Qualcomm says that it can be used in fan-less designs as well. The previous chip could do that too but this one will likely succeed in sustained performance.

Qualcomm Announces the World’s First 5nm Chip for Windows Laptops

The 8cx gets the same X65 5G modem from smartphones that can deliver up to 10 Gbps downlink speeds. There is also support for WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E connections. AI accelerated features include echo cancellation, noise suppression, and there is also support for multiple cameras onboard.

According to Qualcomm, the first Windows 11 laptops with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 should arrive in the first half of 2022. We will have to wait and see how they match up against Apple and Intel’s rival offerings.