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Microsoft brings Snapdragon ARM Processors to Windows 10 Laptops, which could last 20+ hours on a Charge

Microsoft brings Snapdragon ARM Processors to Windows 10 Laptops, which could last 20+ hours on a Charge

Several months ago, Microsoft announced that it was bringing mobile-style ARM processors to Windows 10. Now, the first batch of such systems will be powered by Qualcomm processors.

Qualcomm’s event in Hawaii showed off two Windows PCs, the HP Envy X2 and the Asus NovaGo. They are powered by the Snapdragon 835; the same in the Galaxy S8, Pixel 2, and the vast majority of Android flagships in 2017. They look just like any other laptops but they last 20+ hours on a charge. That puts even the best performers on the market to shame.

Envy x2:

The Envy x2 is very akin to the recent Spectre x2 at first glance. However, it uses a kickstand in the vein of the Huawei Matebook E, integrated into the keyboard cover rather than the tablet itself. That means that, unlike a traditional kickstand, the laptop is fully covered; it’s basically always in a case.

The typing feels better than most tablet keyboards, perhaps even as good as the Surface Pro, and miles ahead of the iPad Pro. The included pen is smooth with no obvious latency. The 1080p screen isn’t the sharpest around, but colors and contrast are vibrant, and you won’t miss the extra too much on a 12.3-inch display.

The laptop is thin and light. It is 6.9mm thin and 1.5 lb (HP’s website says 1.21 kg for some , but it stated the former on stage). Even with the keyboard attached, it still feels light.

The device comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage by default, and the only ports are USB-C and a headphone jack. HP isn’t providing a price quite yet, but considering the Spectre x2 starts at $1,149, we imagine the Envy x2 will start close to the one grand mark. HP has more specs and information here.

Asus NovaGo:

It is an all metal design with a good screen (100 percent sRGB) and smallish bezels, and the flipping-hinge mechanism felt solid too. There are two USB-A ports and and HDMI port, but USB-C is disappointingly omitted.

The 4GB/64GB model will retail for $599, while the 8GB/256GB one will run $799. You can find more specs and information on Asus website.

The tablets come with Windows 10 S, meaning you can only run apps from the Microsoft Store by default, but you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and run regular . However, according to Qualcomm, they will only run Win32 applications if not available through the Windows Store. Software that only comes in a 64 bit version will not work, but most programs generally still include a 32-bit variant.

It also remains to be see how much of a performance hit Win32 programs will see when emulated to run on ARM chipsets. Until we can test how they perform with legacy software these laptops might actually be best left to running Windows Store apps or used only as a secondary laptop. The last thing you want is to have to use some crucial software for work or school only to find out it doesn’t work on your brand new laptop.

The story of Qualcomm-powered PCs is all about the battery life and connectivity. Unfortunately, those aren’t things we can test in a brief hands on, but even if HP and Asus only manage to squeze half of the claimed 20-22 hour battery life, you’d still be outlasting pretty much every other laptop currently on the market.

PC manufacturers could use the extra efficiency to reduce PC sizes significantly while still providing solid battery life. The manufactures will be able to experiment with lighter, smaller form factors thanks to the increased efficiency and smaller chipset size of ARM processers. And as more entry-level laptops adopt Qualcomm chips and the world moves to , we’ll likely see the majority of computers come with wireless connectivity, not just a handful of models.

Credits: https://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2017/12/06/hands-windows-10-snapdragon-processors-change-everything-eventually/

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