We have still not been able to verify any of these claims in the real world, but we continued to get more demos of how powerful 8cx should be. Here in Taiwan, Qualcomm again presented a reference signal laptop with the "extreme" chipset that pushed out streaming to two 4K monitors in addition to its own display. (To be clear, it was not the Limitless unit that ran this demo.)
We saw a similar setup when the CPU was announced in Hawaii, and this time the system seems stable. I was able to adjust an image hue and saturation on Photoshop CC while the reference laptop ran Edge, PowerPoint, Excel and a video on the external images. The reference portability was a bit laggy in using the edits, but otherwise stopped.
Project Limitless 5G Laptop was created in a separate drive showing that it was connected to a specially created sub-6GHz network. Since real-world speeds cannot be tested yet, there was not much we could do to try out the limitless abilities here.
Speaking of apps, one of the biggest drawbacks of a Snapdragon PC was its limited app compatibility, although Microsoft and Qualcomm ha I have done a lot to make it easy for developers to compile their apps for the system. Native ARM apps are still few compared to x86 versions. This means that programs that do not have an ARM option, such as Photoshop CC, will be run on an emulator in Windows OS. From my experience, this always felt a bit slow on older windows on Snapdragon devices (WoS) such as ASUS NovaGo. According to Qualcomm, 8cx is supposed to be so fast that you will not notice this emulator layer. I haven't seen this in action yet, though.
Where Qualcomm has an obvious advantage, battery life is what it has delivered in previous Snapdragon PCs. On PCMark's new battery life test, the Snapdragon 8cx rig managed continuously seven to eight hours more than the Intel. To be fair, the latter understands a higher res 2K display compared to Qualcomm's Full HD display.
You may have noticed, but for something called Project Limitless, Lenovo's 5G laptop has many warnings. Admittedly, what we checked out was an early prototype, and there is every chance that the final product will actually overcome all the obstacles in the way of being truly unlimited. But given the lingering worries about app compatibility, the unexciting design and shallow keyboard, I'm not going to be too excited yet. Lenovo and Qualcomm promised more information to consumers by 2020. While I'm stoked for 5G PCs in general, I'm just not sure this first generation product will be the 5G laptop I've been waiting for.