Microsoft highlights the benefits of Windows 10 on ARM

Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit Snapdragon 845 always-connected PC 5G and other big announcements

Earlier today, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced the first Windows 10 devices with ARM-based processors will be arriving early next year. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation. Qualcomm's flagship CPU, which is commonly found in high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, is powering a Windows PC for the first time ever.

"It's not a matter of if, but when all PCs will become Always Connected PCs", said Myerson.

The new Envy x2 is nearly unrecognizable compared with its brushed-aluminum ancestor, which featured all-day battery life but a painfully slow Intel Atom processor when it debuted in 2013.

The HP Envy x2 will be available in spring next year, while no timeframe has been shared for the ASUS NovaGo yet. We've already detailed the finer points and pitfalls of Qualcomm's ambition, but now we can see if the company can make it stick with a new pair of devices from Asus and HP.

On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Always connected to a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use.


The news followed Qualcomm's confirmation at the event that it will be launching a new mobile platform - the Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

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.

The back of the machine will be made from machined aluminum for a high-end look and will sport a camera that will work with the new 3D features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The NovaGo's screen can't be detached, but it does rotate 360 degrees for tablet mode.

The big unknowns at this point, other than whether or not HP's battery life claims hold up to our own lab tests, is how the Snapdragon chip will stack up performance- and price-wise compared with competing Intel-powered PCs.

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