Microsoft highlights the benefits of Windows 10 on ARM

Angelica Greene
December 6, 2017

The quest to add smartphone-like battery life to laptops may have just got a lot shorter with HP's unveiling of the new Envy x2, complete with a Snapdragon 835 processor.

"Today, at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, I stood with Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Chips, and we delivered on the promise that we made then". Qualcomm didn't disclose how much faster the Snapdragon 845 would be relative to this year's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835, but that chip was significantly faster than its predecessor when we tested it at the start of 2017 while consuming less power. The Envy X2 is very similar to numerous Surface Pro types of computers that already exist, while the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop.

At just 1.54 pounds, the HP Envy x2, which is the company's latest Surface clone, is lighter even than the 12-inch MacBook (2016), which weighs a mere 2 pounds.

Both of these devices will come preinstalled with Windows 10 S but will allow for a one-time upgrade to a full Windows 10 license which will allow users to install non-Windows store applications. 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. The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD will be available for $599, the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $799. The Envy relies entirely on USB Type-C ports for its input and output, while the Asus has full-size USB Type-A ports and an HDMI port.

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What it does mean is the Asus NovaGo is cheaper than some of the flagship Android smartphones that also feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset, which puts it into a reasonably affordable category.

The real differences with these computers will be felt once we've gotten a chance to use these computers in an everyday scenario. To see how all of that works, we'll have to spend more time with these machines.

Qualcomm is hosting its annual conference this week, where we expect to hear more about Snapdragon Windows 10 devices.

The powerful processor will likely also drive always connected Windows 10 PCs and will hopefully offer better benchmarks that those leaked for existing devices so far. Stay tuned for more.

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