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Qualcomm and Microsoft bring on Always Connected PCs with ASUS NovaGo

06 December 2017, 12:36 | Antonio Miles

Qualcomm and Microsoft bring on Always Connected PCs with ASUS NovaGo

Qualcomm takes aim at Intel in PC processors

Qualcomm and its partners debuted the world's first Snapdragon-powered Windows laptops from its 2 annual Snapdragon Technology Summit from Maui, Hawaii. Microsoft's Terry Myerson came on stage today to briefly talk about these Windows 10 on ARM PCs, he later detailed the benefits of this new platform via a post on the Windows Experience Blog.

Those machines, which arrive with a whopping 20-hour battery life, run the current Snapdragon 835 processor, but it would make sense for Qualcomm to release some super-powered versions with this newly announced platform. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

It is therefore somewhat surprising that both HP and Asus's devices will ship running Windows 10S.

As for the HP model, the Envy x2 has a 12.3-inch HD display, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a stylus, d and a detachable form factor.


The ASUS NovaGo, however, features a more traditional thin-and-light notebook design with a 360-degree hinge.

The HP Envy x2 is more akin to a Microsoft Surface, with the ability to be used as a tablet, placed upright with a hinged stand on the back of the device, or connected to a keyboard mat.

The combination of Windows 10 and Snapdragon aims to offer various things including fantastic battery life, performance and connectivity.

Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that promise.


While processor-intensive applications are liable to suffer a significant performance hit from this emulation - Photoshop will work in the emulator, but it won't be very fast - applications that spend a substantial amount of time waiting around for the user - such as Word - should perform with adequate performance.

The Snapdragon 845 will be paired with Qualcomm's X20 LTE modem, offering up to gigabit connectivity on networks that support Category 18 LTE technology.

Without divulging too much in the way of specs, Qualcomm SVP Alex Katouzian highlighted a few of the key focuses for the chip, including imaging/video processing, AI, VR/AR and battery life. We'll be checking out the new ASUS laptop later today, so stay tuned for our hands-on impressions to find out if this is a device worth your time.




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