Microsoft and Qualcomm Unveil First ARM-Powered PCs

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(Credit: Qualcomm/YouTube) While not revealing every detail about the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm said the newest mobile processing platform would focus on six features: cameras that could take 360-degree photos, VR and AR immersion, artificial intelligence, security, Gigabit LTE and, of course, more power. Luckily the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii has brought good news. The NovaGo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. 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. So on the outside it doesn't really look any different to other 2-in-1s that run Intel or any other chip.

The big unknowns at this point, other than whether or not HP's battery life claims hold up to our own lab tests, is how the Snapdragon chip will stack up performance- and price-wise compared with competing Intel-powered PCs. It features a 20-hour active battery life and 4G LTE2 connectivity. 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. Impressive stuff, especially when it comes to the 22 hours of playback on a notebook. This conversion is cached both in memory (so each given part of a program only has to be translated once per run) and on disk (so subsequent uses of the program should be faster, as they can skip the translation).

That's not all as standy time is quoted at 700 hours and HP says you can get 0-90 percent charge in just 90 minutes. "The Envy x2 will have a Surface-like detachable keyboard and will be just 0.3" (6.9 mm) thick.

Better yet, ASUS is pricing the new NovaGo at just $599 for the 4GB/64GB storage model while the 8GB/256GB storage model is $799.

The Envy x2 has a 12in screen with a 1920x1280 resolution and supports stylus input.

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

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