Oryon is a new subbrand of CPUs that Qualcomm has introduced for the Snapdragon family of devices. Manufacturers will be able to employ the new CPU in 2023 in products including Windows PCs, cellphones, and other hardware. At its Snapdragon Summit on Wednesday, the firm unveiled the new CPU but offered little specifics regarding its features.
Since a few years ago, the business has produced Snapdragon-branded processors for Chrome OS and Windows laptops, but it has had difficulty putting these chips into many Windows devices. The few ultraportable laptops that have used Qualcomm’s Arm processors are specialised, pricey products that cater to a particular segment of PC customers but not the general public.
Qualcomm Reveals Oryon CPU
Although the Snapdragon series hasn’t been the major deterrent for Windows on Arm devices from taking off, it has lagged behind Apple Arm-based M chips in terms of raw performance. Instead, Windows on Arm itself is to blame for the problems, as the platform doesn’t have much software that is particularly designed for it and has difficulties running Windows PC apps.
As we witnessed in our assessment, the Qualcomm Arm-powered version of Microsoft’s recently released Surface Pro 9 lags behind the Intel-equipped model by a significant margin.
As stated in the brief press release announcing the new brand, Qualcomm’s upcoming generation of chips for Windows computers will likely perform better than its current crop. It promises to deliver “a new level of performance.” But it’s unlikely to make a significant difference until the platform develops further and receives more support from the application ecosystem.