A Closer Look at the New Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus Devices – Six Five On The Road

A Closer Look at the New Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus Devices - Six Five On The Road

On this episode of the Six Five On The Road at Computex Taipei, Anshel Sag, VP & Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy shows us the innovative features and potential market impact of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus devices.

Anshel covers:

  • The technical advancements and new capabilities of Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus
  • Market trends driving the development of these devices
  • Potential applications and industries that could be transformed by these technologies
  • Qualcomm’s strategic vision for the future of mobile and IoT devices
  • The role of 5G and AI in enhancing the performance and user experience of Snapdragon-powered devices

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Anshel Sag: This week we’ve seen a lot of interesting devices that have the new Snapdragon X platform in them, and here we have a nice collection of five of them from different OEMs. I’ll start over here with the HP OmniBook. This is a white OmniBook. This is the reference design that they’re going to go with. What’s interesting about this device and all of these devices, they’re running Copilot+, so they’ve got this dedicated Copilot button.

It’s got two great USB type-C ports here. You’ve got a headphone jack and an expandable USB, full-size Type A port on the side. It’s kind of like a convertible design. It’s still very much clamshell, traditional. They also have this newfangled AI design for designation of AI capabilities on HP notebooks, and then it’s got the fancy Snapdragon X Elite badge on it, so that’s the OmniBook. This will be available June 18th, just like all of these will be.

Then we can move over to the Samsung. This is the big boy. It’s a 16-inch. It’s extremely thin. Has an OLED display. Uses the Dynamic AMOLED technology from Samsung. Also got the nice Snapdragon badge over here. Huge touchpad, like gigantic. It’s still really thin, and you’ve got the headphone jack, you’ve got the USB port and you also have a memory card reader. On this side you’ve got dual USB-C ports and a HDMI port, so you’ve got all the connectivity you would ever want and need. Great battery life, beautiful display. Also still very much a clamshell, but this is definitely going to be for more of a power user, because you also get a nice little numpad, so you can be really productive with this one.

Then this is the Surface laptop. This is also a Snapdragon X Elite design. You’ve got your typical USB Type A, headphone jack, two USB-C ports, a decent-sized touchpad for a 13-inch notebook, and you’ve got your Surface charging port, which is the proprietary Microsoft port. I have a feeling I’m going to be getting almost each of one of these devices to review, so I’ll get some more time with these and hopefully give you some feedback on how I think about it. This is probably the most generic-looking laptop, but it’s also the cleanest-looking one. This is the one that will probably appeal to the most people, and it’s just a nice, solid laptop overall.

Then next to this one, we’ve got the ASUS VivoBook, which is the only one coming to market from ASUS at this time. They do have the Z13, which is coming later in the year. That’s with an Elite Plus. This is an Elite X design, and as you can see, this is a 15-inch, good-size touchpad, more numpad as well. We’ve got two USB ports on this side and another two Type C. They’ve actually labeled these with 40 gig, as well as an HDMI memory card and headphone jack.

All of these devices are really thin and light. I would say this one feels very much like an ASUS in the sense that it has this kind of plastic-y sheen to it, but it’s still very light and thin. They do have other notebooks in the market that are better in terms of weight, but I would love to see them come out with a ZenBook that kind of matches this. This is the VivoBook S, also available June 18th, just like the rest of these.

Last but certainly not least is the Dell XPS 13. This I think is the first one that I touched at the Microsoft event in Redmond. It’s an XPS 13. It’s got this really beautiful keyboard on it. It’s super clean. No top-row buttons. They’re all capacitive. The touchpad is actually integrated into the palm rest, so you just get this seamless feel across the device. It’s got two USB-C ports, one on each side. I actually think that’s a great design choice because in a lot of cases, some of these devices, they only have USB-C ports on one side. You can only charge it on one side.

This is a very mature design from Dell. This is also going to be one of the ones that will have some of the best battery life, but across the entire Snapdragon X Elite portfolio, including the ones that are not pictured here, you’re going to get great battery life and a really good AI experience with Copilot+, and they will all be available June 18th.

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Daniel is the CEO of The Futurum Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise.

From the leading edge of AI to global technology policy, Daniel makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology investments. Daniel is a top 5 globally ranked industry analyst and his ideas are regularly cited or shared in television appearances by CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other sites around the world.

A 7x Best-Selling Author including his most recent book “Human/Machine.” Daniel is also a Forbes and MarketWatch (Dow Jones) contributor.

An MBA and Former Graduate Adjunct Faculty, Daniel is an Austin Texas transplant after 40 years in Chicago. His speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future.


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