Intel's setbacks in the field of mobile devices became Qualcomm's profits with its Snapdragon platform, but now it seems that Qualcomm intends to change its domain on entry-level PCs as well. Today, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that Windows would start operating on systems powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile chipsets.
This is not all that devastating since these are mobile chipsets that work with what are still only convertible 2-in-1 laptops or tablets, but the fact that Windows 10 – even a lighter "Windows 10 S" – can run on Qualcomm 835 chips should still worry Intel enough.
These devices have the brains of smartphones with the capacity of laptop batteries. Obviously, Qualcomm will not compete with Intel for the performance of its higher-end chips, but one thing that the company highlighted today was the time its energy-saving technologies will extend the battery life of its device.
They referred to this technology as "beyond the lifetime of the battery throughout the day", which, as the name suggests, suggests that the energy efficiency of these PCs will take the battery life to a second full use day, something that is not likely to be had. Most laptops that are fueling a full day of work. In addition, these PCs are optimized to be always on and always connected to LTE.
Asus and HP announced "Windows on Qualcomm" devices, including Asus NovaGo and HP ENVY x2. Qualcomm highlighted a 20-hour battery life in HP ENVY x2.
The main drawback is that the performance will be affected in non-UWP applications, so that programs such as Google Chrome or Firefox will be emulated in the machines, reducing
Qualcomm is making the bet that maintaining performance The PC's good enough while making solid improvements in battery life will be enough to convince OEMs that they are already building their smartphones on Snapdragon SoC to switch to Qualcomm for their entry. ultraportable level. The idea of a computer that lasts between 18 and 24 hours per day, as Qualcomm promises, is obviously attractive, especially since the use of the PC is often limited to web browsing, if the battery life compensates the sacrifices of the computer. Performance will be the last question.