Snapdragon Developer Kit now available for testing Windows apps on ARM

Dec 21, 2021, 3:29 PM UTC
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Snapdragon Developer Kit now available for testing Windows apps on ARM
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Qualcomm has now launched Snapdragon Developer Kits commercially available for app developers to test and certify their apps on the Windows on Snapdragon (WoS) platform. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon Developer Kit’s wide availability would “lower the barrier to entry for ISVs committed to optimizing their application experience on the growing portfolio of Always On, Always Connected PCs (ACPCs).”

The Snapdragon Developer Kit LIVA QC710 does not have cutting-edge specs. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Compute SoC with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. A microSD card slot is also available. There are 1x USB Type-C with Power Delivery, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x HDMI, and 1x 100 Mbps LAN connectivity choices, as well as Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth. The device is pre-installed with Windows 10 Home 64-bit, which can be upgraded to Windows 11.

Operating SystemWindows 10 (Upgrade to Windows 11)
ProcessorSnapdragon 7180
Qualcomm Kryo 468 CPU
Qualcomm Adreno GPU 618
Hexagon DSP 692
Memory4GB LPDDR4
Storage64GB eMMC 5.1
Connectivity802.11ac 2×2 MIMO – WCN3991(QSIP)
Bluetooth 5.0
Power Supply30 Watts, USB Power Delivery 3.0 type C
Ports (I/O)1 x USB 2.0
1 x MicroSD
1 x Micro-SIM card slot type
1 x USB Type-C (PD-Charging)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (10/100)
Size/ WeightDimensions: 115mm × 115mm × 35mm
Weight: 230g/ 0.507lbs

The Snapdragon Developer Kit was first revealed in May of this year, and it was created in partnership with Microsoft with the goal of lowering the overall cost of deployment as compared to utilizing traditional Windows on ARM (WoA) laptops. On Windows 10 and Windows 11, developers can test and optimize native ARM64 apps for all Snapdragon Compute devices, from entry-level to high-end.

Qualcomm stated that ISVs such as Symantec, Zoom Video Communications, and CrowdStrike are already using the Snapdragon Developer Kits. Other developers can now purchase the Snapdragon Developer Kit from the Microsoft Store for $219 and keep it indefinitely.

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