We have not been able to verify any of these claims in the real world, but we've received more and more demos of how powerful the 8cx should be. Here in Taiwan, Qualcomm once again presented a reference design notebook, in which the "extreme" chipset transfers streaming to two 4K displays in addition to its own screen. (To be clear, it was not the Project Limitless device that ran this demo.)
When the CPU was announced in Hawaii, we saw a similar setup. This time the system seems to be more stable. In Photoshop CC, I could adjust the hue and saturation of an image, while the reference laptop ran Edge, PowerPoint, Excel, and a video on the external screens. The reference laptop was a bit late in applying the changes, but otherwise stayed the same.
The Project Limitless 5G laptop was deployed in a separate station demonstrating its connection to a dedicated sub-6GHz network. Since the real speeds can not yet be tested, we could not do much here to test the capabilities of Limitless.
Where Qualcomm has an obvious advantage, battery life is something it has delivered in previous Snapdragon PCs. In the new PCMark battery life test, the Snapdragon 8cx-Rig was seven to eight hours longer than the Intel Rig. To be honest, the latter offers a higher resolution 2K display than Qualcomm's Full HD screen.
You may have noticed, but Lenovo's 5G laptop has many limitations for something called Project Limitless. Granted, we looked at an early prototype and there is a possibility that the product will actually overcome all obstacles to be truly limitless. But I'm not going to get too upset with the continuing concerns over app compatibility, exciting design, and the flat keyboard. Lenovo and Qualcomm promised consumers more information in 2020. Although I'm generally excited about 5G PCs, I'm not sure if this product will be the first generation of the 5G laptop I've been waiting for.