Microsoft and Qualcomm Unveil First ARM-Powered PCs

Ken Copeland
Декабря 6, 2017

Tomorrow, we will learn significantly more about Qualcomm's newest chip and its capabilities, so stay tuned. Now, Qualcomm wants to bring the sort of power expectations from phones and tablets to laptops and 2-in-1s.

Asus, at the Snapdragon Summit 2017 in Maui, Hawaii, announced NovaGo, the world's first gigabit LTE laptop.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen was on hand to reveal the Asus NovaGo, an ultra-thin and light convertible laptop powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB of memory and 256GB of Universal Flash Storage 2.0 (UFS 2.0), which is capable of speeds up to 1,400Mbps.

According to Myerson, Always Connected PCs enable a new culture of work, since they are instantly on, provide great battery life and are always connected to the Internet. Note that the Envy x2 will come preloaded with Windows 10S, which limits you to only using apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

The Snapdragon 845 is the spiritual successor to the Snapdragon 835 in more ways than one: the 835 used a 10nm manufacturing process, and the 845 is expected to use a more refined version of the same process. The NovaGo is touted to run for up to 22 hours on a single charge, while the Envy x2 will run for up to 20 hours.

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How much that will cost you every month is similarly unclear at this point. Carriers, however, might see the potential for heavy data use on a notebook form-factor device being considerable, and thus prefer to push more expensive plans.

Like the NovaGo, HP offers up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage but the base price will get you a lower spec model. Frost didn't mention a stylus, but the machine was pictured with such a pen attached to its case, so it probably supports Windows Ink.

At the Snapdragon Summit, HP was on stage to confirm that the Envy x2 will be available 'Spring 2018' so that's not very long to wait. It's unclear what form-factor it'll adopt, though given it has a large Yoga line-up of 2-in-1s with rotating hinges, that seems like a safe bet.

Windows 10 on ARM is a reboot of Microsoft's earlier attempts to marry mobile processors with full laptop experiences.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts. In other words, precisely what one would expect from the next generation flagship chip from the company.

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