Microsoft and Qualcomm Unveil First ARM-Powered PCs

HP ENVY x2 Announced with Snapdragon 835 and 20 Hours of Battery Backup

Qualcomm takes aim at Intel in PC processors

In non-Android news, Qualcomm announced that Snapdragon Windows 10 laptops are finally going to be a thing, and they look pretty awesome.

Qualcomm and Microsoft's drive to bring Snapdragon 835-powered devices to market hinges on two central themes: always-connected connectivity and trading some performance for superior battery life. Both models will launch with Windows 10 S, but can be upgraded to the full Windows 10 experience. Still, it's pretty thin and light.

The NovaGo will have a 4X4 MIMO antenna array for high-speed, Gigabit-class 4G connectivity and will have up to 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage and 8GB of RAM. Cortana. Two models will be available, a base with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage for $599 United States dollars, and a higher-end model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $799. The Envy X2 is very similar to numerous Surface Pro types of computers that already exist, while the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop.

The screen flips 360 degrees and supports a stylus.

HP Envy x2 stand

The real differences with these computers will be felt once we've gotten a chance to use these computers in an everyday scenario. It's created to be highly secure, and to perform tasks like real-time language translation and high-speed wireless without adversely impacting battery life.

While processor-intensive applications are liable to suffer a significant performance hit from this emulation - Photoshop will work in the emulator, but it won't be very fast - applications that spend a substantial amount of time waiting around for the user - such as Word - should perform with adequate performance.

The Windows on ARM PCs are part of a broader Always Connected PC initiative, but those cellular machines don't need to have an ARM processor.

But if PCs running on ARM processors wasn't enough of a shot at Intel, AMD took to the stage next, announcing its own partnership with Qualcomm. Till then, stay tuned.

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