Microsoft's Terry Myerson joined Asus, HP and Qualcomm executives on stage at the Qualcomm Technology Summit to unveil the first Always on PCs - Windows 10 laptops based on the Qualcomm 835 chipset, with a promised week of battery life.
CEO of Asus, Jerry Shen, took to the stage at the Qualcomm Tech Summit 2017 now underway in Hawaii to announce the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop, the Asus NovaGo. The companies announced all-new Windows on ARM PCs, including HP's Envy x2 and ASUS's NovaGo.
It is compatible with Windows Ink styluses, Windows Hello authentication as well as Cortana.
It is therefore somewhat surprising that both HP and Asus's devices will ship running Windows 10S. Still, it's pretty thin and light. It has some edge over the Intel-powered laptops. We already had a chance to check the Envy x2 out - check out our hands-on here.
While processor-intensive applications are liable to suffer a significant performance hit from this emulation - Photoshop will work in the emulator, but it won't be very fast - applications that spend a substantial amount of time waiting around for the user - such as Word - should perform with adequate performance.
Qualcomm set its sights on the Windows market late past year when it announced that its Snapdragon 835 SoC processor would find its way into Asus, HP, and Lenovo Windows 10 devices featuring "Always On" connectivity. Always On is also onboard with a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem that supports 4G LTE-Advanced signals.
Frost didn't provide as many hardware specs as Asus' CEO did, but the he did have some details about the Envy x2's form factor.
Along with a range of 'Always Connected PCs, ' Qualcomm also announced its next-gen Snapdragon 845 SoC. Xiaomi also confirmed that the company's next flagship smartphone will be powered by the new mobile platform.
We're likely to hear a lot more about the chip tomorrow, on day two of the summit, so stay tuned.