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Microsoft and Qualcomm demonstrate first always-on Windows 10 laptops with Snapdragon 835

Posted on Tuesday, December 05 2017 @ 21:41:30 CET by

As expected, one of the big show offs at today's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii were the ARM-based Windows 10 laptops. Microsoft collaborated with Qualcomm to get Windows 10 running on the Snapdragon 835 via emulation.

These devices are marketed as "always-on" and "always connected". Microsoft promises a Windows 10 PC with the Snapdragon 835 could work for a week on a single battery charge. Of course, this doesn't mean the devices actually have a battery life of one week. What it really means is that under some use cases, you can go about one week without having to charge these ARM-based Windows 10 laptops.

Two laptops were shown on stage, including the ASUS NovaGo Gigabit LTE laptop and the HP ENVY x2.

Here we have the ASUS NovaGo, this 2-in-1 model has Gigabit LTE and promises 22 hours of active use and 30 days of standby time.


The other model is the HP ENVY x2, this 4G LTE2 device has a detachable keyboard and promises up to 20 hours of active use. Some more info can be found at the Microsoft blog:

This new Always Connected PC is ultrathin, beautifully designed, running Windows 10 and a new, optimized version of Office 365. But beyond the full experiences you’d expect in a PC, this new Always Connected PC has fundamentally transformed how I work, because of three significant advantages over my other PCs.

The screen is instantly on whenever I pick up the device. I never have to wait for it to wake up, it’s just on.

  • Being always connected wherever I am whether I am in the car, airport or coffee shop, always being connected just feels like the most natural, safe and secure way to work with teams and be creative.

  • Lastly, the battery life is just awesome! I am finding myself charging it once a week. When I was using a wearable that needed to charge every day, I didn’t really rely on it. Once I moved to a Fitbit that only needed charging once a week that was game changing for me. Not carrying around power cords is liberating.

  • Once you start using this new category of PCs that are instantly on, always connected with a week of battery life and the full Windows 10 experience, you can really feel what a big shift this will be for consumers.
  • One company that's definitely not happy about this trend is Intel. They're watching these ARM-based Windows 10 systems like a hawk to ensure there's no x86 IP violation.



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