These new laptops will offer longer battery life than x86 PCs. They will come with instant wake and sleep functionality, sport a fingerprint scanner and will have a SIM card slot.
Microsoft announced the launch of Always Connected PCs at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii on December 5, 2017. The Always Connected PCs are the world’s first-ever laptops to run Windows 10 on ARM-based Qualcomm SoCs. According to the company, these PCs are the “next big revolution in the tech industry after the original laptop and virtual reality.” To recall, Microsoft had tied up with Qualcomm way back in December 2016. Earlier it had partnered mostly with AMD as well as Intel to manufacture x86 PCs.
These new laptops will offer longer battery life than x86 PCs. They will come with instant wake and sleep functionality, sport a fingerprint scanner and will have a SIM card slot. At the event in Hawaii, Microsoft announced two such Always Connected PCs, which it has brought out in collaboration with Asus and HP. The two laptops are Asus NovaGo and HP Envy x2.
The Asus NovaGo comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display. This laptop sports a metal body and screen hinges, which allow it to be converted into a tablet. The device offers a speed of up to 1 gbps on a LTE network. Moreover, its 52Wh battery supports 30 days standby and 22 hours of active usage. The NovaGo is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB or 8GB RAM and offers 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage. The laptop runs on Windows 10 S which has new features such as Windows Ink, Cortana and Windows Hello. The PC also has a HDMI port and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports.
The HP Envy x2 is another convertible with a battery offering 20 hours of active usage. It is more like a tablet than a laptop. The Envy x2 has a 12.3-inch screen, weighs approximately 1kg and is 6.9mm thick. This laptop is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, runs on Widows 10 S and has an in-built 4G LTE for connectivity.
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