HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

There is definitely a lot of excitement about Windows 10 on ARM right now, but the first models won't be based on Qualcomm's latest and greatest silicon: indeed, the company also announced its new Snapdragon 845 processor today, which will likely we found in all flagship Android smartphones next year.

There's now no firm Asus NovaGo release date, but an Asus spokesperson told us that it's expected to arrive in early Spring in the U.S., while it's likely to arrive in Europe (the UK, France, Germany and Italy) during Q2 of 2018.

The version HP showed us contains a Snapdragon 835 processor running at 2.2GHz and just 4GB of RAM.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts. Until then, it's worth mentioning that, once again, the Snapdragon 845 is the result of the collaboration between Qualcomm and Samsung.

Asus promised uncompromised performance from the laptop.

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Besides an always-on PC and enormous battery life, one of the other benefits of a Snapdragon processor is that no cooling fan is required, so the Envy x2 will always be free of annoying fan noise.

These devices are deigned to be always on like your phone and Asus says the NovaGo will offer more than 30 days of standby time. The Envy x2 is, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, a 2-in-1 detachable with a removable keyboard cover with built in hinge, measuring 6.9mm thin, and promising 20-hour battery life.

What this means is, multiplayer gaming on the go could soon become a reality for many, allowing you to play online games like Overwatch or Counter-Strike on your laptop when you're on the road over cellular data thanks to Qualcomm's modems. This means speeds of 3-7 times that of average broadband. It's also possible via eSIM or Nano SIM with the former dependant on market. That should easily be enough to get you through a day of work without having to top up your battery at the mains.

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

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