Asus, HP Debut Snapdragon-Powered Windows Laptops

Dec 06, 2017, 00:32
Asus, HP Debut Snapdragon-Powered Windows Laptops

The Snapdragon 845 is the spiritual successor to the Snapdragon 835 in more ways than one: the 835 used a 10nm manufacturing process, and the 845 is expected to use a more refined version of the same process.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 today at as press conference in Hawaii, the next generation of the company's flagship mobile processor.

At just 1.54 pounds, the HP Envy x2, which is the company's latest Surface clone, is lighter even than the 12-inch MacBook (2016), which weighs a mere 2 pounds.

It nearly sounds too good to be true, so we've gone hands on with the NovaGo to see if the early signs are positive. This is also the first notebook that runs full Windows 10 on the ARM CPU. Qualcomm boasts battery life of up to 25 hours, plus instant power on and performance that is on par with an Intel computer.

The HP Envy x2 can be detached and turned into a tablet.

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HP promises an "impossibly thin" but "incredibly durable" deisgn that packs up to 20 hours of battery life and is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 processor and Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for that always-connected goodness.

The Asus NovaGo is the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop, thanks to the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform packed inside.

The main thing to note here is that these are two Snapdragon-powered PCs that can run full Windows 10 while providing smartphone-like connectivity to gigabit LTE networks. The price of Asus NovaGo stats at $599 (4GB RAM with 64GB storage), which is approximately Rs 41,500.

Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that promise. That's the same setup found in many Android phones released in 2017, including Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Google's Pixel 2. We'll be checking out the new ASUS laptop later today, so stay tuned for our hands-on impressions to find out if this is a device worth your time.

Fortunately, Microsoft will also be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until the 30th September 2018, making Windows 10S more like training wheels than manacles.