Qualcomm, PC industry team up on "always-connected" computers

Asus NovaGo

Asus NovaGo

The Qualcomm-powered Windows devices can run "optimized" versions of regular Windows Store apps, but might feel a little limited compared to full-powered Windows PCs when it comes to the applications you can run.

The news comes nearly a full year after Microsoft and Qualcomm took to the stage at WinHEC to announce that they'd be working together to bring full Windows 10 to ARM processors. As for availability, we haven't heard on the Asus machine, but HP says that the Envy will be out in the spring of 2018. ASUS will offer the device for $599 ($799 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage) first in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Mainland China and Taiwan, and is working with T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon to offer the NovaGo.

Like the ASUS NovaGo, the HP ENVY x2 will run Windows 10 on Snapdragon. There's also promises of connectivity that untethers, and up to a week, and 1-month of standby time of battery life on these devices. The Envy x2 will also support an active stylus that is Windows Ink certified for activities such as note-taking and illustration. Since Microsoft lacks phone it is in a mission to make your laptop an ultramobile, always connected PC.

Asus NovaGo
Asus NovaGo

Qualcomm first announced that Snapdragon system on chips were coming to Windows early this year, but we do finally have news that a real concrete product is going to be released. Always Connected is the branding for PCs that include built-in gigabit LTE and wifi; long battery life (in ARM devices' case, allegedly multiple days without a recharge); run Windows 10; and be thin, light and fanless.

Always connected - Again, like a smartphone, there is no need for either the Wi-Fi or LTE network to disconnect with Windows 10 on ARM; these PCs will get notifications, alerts, and pull data without ever disconnecting. Matt Barlow, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices told me, however, that Windows 10 on ARM is completely recompiled for Qualcomm's hardware, and numerous apps - including an optimized version of Office 365 - are very responsive and quick. With the Always Connected PC, Qualcomm and its partners are rethinking what's inside the PC, using a form that redefines function. Microsoft also sees security advantages from being able to bypass WIFI networks, which are open to man in the middle attacks. It will take you by surprise that ultramobile PCs are having a multi-day battery life. At Build 2017 in May, a session showed off Windows 10 running on ARM with support for existing Win32 apps, but otherwise there were very few updates.

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