Laptops based on ARM architecture have been somewhat dodgy till date, with the Asus NovaGo, the first Snapdragon-powered PC released earlier this year, displaying a strictly okay overall performance. However, if ARM is to be believed, you might see a different side to their laptops in one or two years. The company offered a sneak peek for its future architecture performance expectations, and the results might leave Intel a lot to compete with. The upcoming processors that ARM is pinning its hopes on are “Deimos” in 2019 and “Hercules” in 2020.
ARM had recently unveiled the Cortex-A76, which it claims already performs on par with Intel’s Core i5-7300U, which is clocked at 2.6GHz. However, they claim that the upcoming processors in 2019 and 2020 will lay to rest any debate over their comparisons. The main thing to consider here, however, is that the comparable Intel Core chips are the 8th generation ones, and those may well leave ARM running for cover. The results are also only based on one test, and ARM has not offered any actual evidence of its supremacy. However, there are already murmurings of Qualcomm making a Snapdragon processor which may be actually laptop worthy, and this may worry the folks at Intel. Another issue for Intel is its inability in making 10-nanometer (nm) chips, while ARM is already planning of making 5nm and 7nm parts. If Intel does not pull up its socks, it may be destined to lose out to ARM.
What ARM should really be worried about right now, however, is the less than expected performance of its Snapdragon 850 processor. Qualcomm had been backing the 850 processor to fix the performance issues that cropped up with Snapdragon 835. However, the results on Windows 10 running Snapdragon 850 are far from encouraging. Geekbench, the benchmark website, gave the chipset a single-core score of 2263, and a multi-core score of 6947 which, although an improvement over the ASUS NovaGo’s Snapdragon 835 performance, still fell quite short of the advertised 30% performance improvement. All of which shows that Microsoft and ARM may, after all, not be exactly a match made in heaven.