Microsoft and Qualcomm have officially unveiled the first Windows 10 ARM-power laptops manufactured by HP, Lenovo and Asus. These laptops are being powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 (SoC) chip system, which is a mobile processor that is normally found within flagship smartphones.
"Qualcomm Technologies continues to transform the way people use their mobile devices," Qualcomm executive vice president Cristiano Amon said. "At the second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, we are excited to highlight our role in the mobile ecosystem as we continue to execute our strategy with Microsoft for the Always Connected PC."
Microsoft and Qualcomm are marketing the new ARM-based laptops as "always on" computers, which means that these computers are always connected to LTE data connections. This is possible thanks to the Snapdragon 835 processor from Qualcomm. With this technology on board, these new Windows 10 laptops can work more like an iPad than a traditional Windows laptop, according to The Verge. So far, laptops announced by Microsoft and Qualcomm are similar to previous versions of 2 inches. -1 tablet / laptops that have Intel processors. HP and Asus have already announced their devices; the HP ENVY x2 of 12.3 inches and the Asus NovaGo of 13.3 inches. The HP device will be available in the spring of 2018, while Asus has not yet released a launch date for the NovaGo of $ 599. Meanwhile, Lenovo is expected to announce its own device in the coming weeks.
The new Snapdragon 835 with Windows engine 10 devices look and feel like any ordinary laptop that users have seen before. On the software side, there is no difference at all. These laptops are capable of running Microsoft's full Windows 10 operating system.
At launch, HP and Asus laptops will run Windows 10 S, a version of the Windows 10 operating system that can only run applications that have been downloaded from the Windows store. However, users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free, possibly for a limited time.
When these laptops run Windows 10 Pro, they are able to run Microsoft desktop applications and popular third-party applications. Users can also download 32-bit exe files from the web to install applications. The only thing these laptops do not support are 64-bit Windows applications and those that use kernel-mode drivers.
In addition to those exceptions, users should be able to run all other full desktop applications on Windows 10 laptops with Snapdragon 835.. Since the Snapdragon 835 is a mobile processor, users should not expect the same kind of performance that they can experience with an Intel processor, since these applications will be emulated in the devices. However, having the Qualcomm processor in laptops with Windows 10 has one big advantage: battery life.
Qualcomm says that because of the energy-saving features of the Snapdragon 835, these laptops will be able to support "beyond the battery all day long". As suggested, these ARM-based laptops will be able to offer a second day of full use, something that most laptops are unable to do, as TechCrunch points out.
Qualcomm hopes that these new devices can convince other manufacturers to start manufacturing laptops with their mobile Snapdragon processor on board.