A new class of Windows 10 laptops with permanent Internet connection and 20-hour battery life will begin to be implemented this week.
Laptops will use hardware typically found in mobile phones, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 based on ARM chipset, to offer thin, fanless machines that can connect to mobile networks at Gigabit speeds and promise improved battery life in today's 2 in 1 laptops.
The first Windows 10 laptops in ARM will be available starting in December, and were revealed yesterday at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit. Among them is the Asus NovaGo, a 13-inch laptop with Windows 10 S and a battery capable of supporting 22 hours of video playback and up to 30 days in standby mode, according to the provider. The laptop will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and will be priced between $ 599 and $ 799.
At the beginning of 2018 you will see the launch of the HP Envy x2, a 12.3-inch device that comes with the same processor, Windows 10 S, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and that is capable of supporting "up to 20 hours "for active use."
Both laptops can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, eliminating the restriction of Windows 10 S & # 39; just running applications from the Windows Store, with Asus saying that a free update will be available until September 2018.
Laptops running a version of Windows 10 S that works natively on ARM, and that uses emulation to run Win32 applications, traditional Windows desktop software.
The ability of laptops to running a wide range of Windows desktop software differentiates them from Surface RT, the now defunct ARM-based Windows tablet that was held back by a bad software choice.
emulation performance load, Microsoft claims to have developed an efficient emulator and Windows demonstrations running on Snapdragon processors so far. t revealed any problem. Microsoft says that popular Win32 applications, such as Microsoft Office, have been tested to ensure that they work well on new devices, and that they will continue to test new applications over time.
Microsoft anticipates that these machines have a wide market, covers students, users of domestic and mobile businesses. However, it emphasizes the benefits for commercial users of the ever-available Internet, the security benefits of connecting through mobile Wi-Fi networks instead of potentially unsafe networks, and the reduced costs of companies that do not have to maintain so many internal Wi-Fi networks.
These Qualcomm Snapdragon computers will also be faster to wake up from sleep than a typical laptop, more comparable to how quickly you can use a smartphone after waking up.
Qualcomm predicts that one of the greatest benefits will be the ever-on availability of Internet access – as long as it can connect to a mobile network – with the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem that offers download speeds three to seven times faster than its competitors, according to the company.
While Qualcomm promises download speeds of up to one Gigabit, in a demonstration earlier this year, a representative of Qualcomm downloaded a 30-minute HD video in approximately 30 seconds over the cellular link, with the download of 1.9 GB of the film between 330 and 380Mbps.
In May, Microsoft revealed that the first mobile operators that will support the platform will be AT & T, BT / EE, DTAG / T Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, Tele2, Swisscom, 3, KDDI, Gemalto, Oberthur, Gigsky and Transatel. . .
ZDNet's Larry Dignan says that these devices powered by Qualcomm compete with everything from Chromebooks to traditional laptops to the iPad Pro, and raised doubts about the price competitiveness of $ 799.
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