Qualcomm introduces Always Connected PC

ASUS Nova Go Windows 10 on Snapdragon laptop has 22hr battery

Microsoft and Qualcomm unveil Always Connected PCs with built-in LTE and battery life measured in days

While much of the excitement around Always Connected devices centers around their reported battery-life numbers (thanks to the integration of LTE in the ARM chip, making room for bigger batteries inside these PCs), Intel also is part of the Always Connected PC ecosystem.

Make no mistake - Windows 10 on the ARM is not only aimed at consumers but Microsoft also expects that it can transform how people work.

Asus is describing the 13.3-inch NovaGo (TP370) as the world's first Gigabit LTE-capable laptop. The ENVY x2 will go on sale in Spring 2018, with final specifications, price, and mobile carrier support announced closer to that time.

The new ASUS NovaGo Gigabit laptop with Windows 10 on ARM.

The 4GB RAM/64 GB storage version will cost only $599, while the 8GB/256 GB version will cost only $799.

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. There'll be up to 20 hours of battery life and up to 700 hours of standby. We are again at the beginning of another major technology shift: the ability to be connected anytime, anywhere with Always Connected PCs that are instantly on, always connected with incredible battery life. For now, apps that are only 64-bit (think high-end games) or those that use what are known as kernel mode drivers (think third-party antivirus software) won't run on the Qualcomm-powered machines. Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile PC platform with X16 LTE, the NovaGo is always on, always connected with a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use. Qualcomm and Microsoft together hope that this family of thin, light, Windows 10 device will reverse those fortunes. The Always Connected PC is real security progress enabling safe connectivity everywhere, bypassing untrusted networks. It will take you by surprise that ultramobile PCs are having a multi-day battery life.

What I find more interesting is that with the new smaller logic boards for ARM processors (compared to traditional x86) and long battery life manufacturers are free to create all sorts of new PC experiences and designs. Windows 10 S is a version of Windows 10 that runs Microsoft Store apps only.

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