Always Connected PC opens a window for Qualcomm

07 December, 2017, 15:47 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Asus announces its first Snapdragon Windows 10 device with 22 hours of battery life

Lenovo is also supposed to announce its first connected PC in the near future.

Terry Myerson, the Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group display that it is the first-ever device known as the "Always Connected PCs" come out from the HP and ASUS. The laptops run on Windows 10 on ARM-based Qualcomm SoC. Then, for years, the topic was largely forgotten until late last year.

Announced nearly exactly a year ago with the first hardware partners named in May this year, Windows 10 on Arm is Microsoft's first serious attempt at exiting the so-called "Wintel" duopoly which has seen the company's mainstream operating systems be exclusive to Intel's x86 architecture since launch.

The convertible offers identical features as the Asus device of a 20-hour active battery life along with built-in 4G LTE connectivity, Windows 10 S and the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. This new Always Connected 2-in-1 PC is named ASUS NovaGO and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which is built using 10nm process.

The PC also has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports and one HDMI port. Since it runs Windows 10, it will support all key Windows features like Windows Ink, Windows Hello and Cortana.

The second laptop which was launched in the event is the HP Envy x2.

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The Envy x2 is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which is coupled with 8GB RAM and support for up to 256GB storage. Its touch-enabled screen features a resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,280 pixels and a detachable backlit keyboard that doubles as a protective cover. "Being always connected wherever I am whether I am in the vehicle, airport or coffee shop, always being connected just feels like the most natural, safe and secure way to work with teams and be creative". One sign of that intention is that it's possible to domain join these devices to a corporate network. I'm going to wait until I can test it myself to say those claims are legit. When I was using a wearable that needed to charge every day I didn't quite rely on it.

Starting at a price of $599 for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Asus NovaGo would scale upto $799 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

As for the devices themselves, there is less in the way of form factor innovation for now and nothing disruptive about their prices.

The coming Windows 10 devices on ARM chips likely will be able to run any Windows 10 edition, but Microsoft is advocating for the use of the Windows 10 S edition.

This is the third model which is always connected to the computer or laptop known as the "Always Connected PC" is in the range which can work for the gadget. Dubbed the 'Always Connected PC' and offering "gigabit" speeds, the technology won't be limited to Arm-based devices: The company has confirmed that it has signed a deal with AMD to put Always Connected PC modems into machines based around the company's Ryzen mobile processors. The hope is that by broadening the platform to makers of mobile devices, Windows on ARM-based chips will lead to cheaper, more accessible systems than the standard laptops we have now. Imagine putting the guts of a smartphone into a laptop body, and then think of all the space you'd have left over.


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