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Microsoft and Qualcomm Unveil First ARM-Powered PCs

Microsoft and Qualcomm Unveil First ARM-Powered PCs

A higher spec model will go on sale for $799.

Asus NovaGo is the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop with superfast download speeds which will allow users to download anything within seconds. 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.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts.

Inside the NovaGo is Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon 835 - the same SoC that's in nearly every flagship Android smartphone this year.

This announcement is also a win for GizmoChina, which predicted the "early December" unveiling for the Snapdragon 845 way back in October.

I'm very curious about the eventual performance figures for this emulation, since the idea of running my garbage Win32 translation management software on a fast, energy-efficient laptop and external monitor seem quite appealing to me.

Besides an always-on PC and huge 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. However, Microsoft says you'll only need to change once per week and Qualcomm says it's "beyond a day" so it's a bit confusing. The Envy has a similarly sized 12-inch display, though its 1,920 x 1,280 resolution isn't as sharp as the MacBook, and to be fair the Envy is more of a tablet convertible while the Macbook is a more traditional laptop. HP is promising to eke more than 20 hours out of the chip without a charge, and what's more, the Envy x2 and other Snapdragon-powered machines are created to deliver that kind of battery life even though they're always on and come with LTE built in. It's also possible via eSIM or Nano SIM with the former dependant on market. However, you'll be able to get a model with 8/256GB for an extra $200. 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. 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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