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PC makers experimenting with Qualcomm-based Windows 10 systems

Posted on Thursday, December 15 2016 @ 14:20:52 CET by

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Probably one of the biggest Windows announcements of the year was last week's news that Microsoft is bringing x86 support to the ARM platform. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC will be the first chip to support this new version of Windows 10, which should be able to run all x86 software thanks to the use of emulation.

DigiTimes heard numerous brand vendors are looking forward to add Qualcomm-based products to their lineup. Many firms are reportedly developing and testing tablet and laptop devices that use this upcoming Qualcomm SoCs. The first retail products are expected in the second half of 2017.

While it remains to be seen if these devices will see strong demand, vendors believe there is a place for this new format in the PC market. The biggest advantage of this new ARM-based solution is believed to be the lower cost as well as the higher battery life versus the traditional Wintel solutions.

Here's the demonstration video from Microsoft, where you can see Office, Photohop and World of Tanks running on the Snapdragon 835.



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