Microsoft and Qualcomm reiterated their partnership today at Snapdragon Tech Summit and announced that they are working together on Always Connected PCs. These laptops will run on Windows 10 and will come with Snapdragon 835, the chip that powers number of Android flagship smartphones like Samsung S8 and S8 Plus and Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The companies claim that with the combination of these two, the battery life of laptops will increase to 20 hours. Moreover, the devices would instantly switch on instead of taking a few seconds to come out of the sleep mode. With this collaboration, Microsoft and Qualcomm also promise better security for the devices.
Among the first companies getting the combination of Windows 10 with Snapdragon 835 are Asus, HP and Lenovo. While Asus and HP unveiled their laptops at the event today, Lenovo’s laptop powered by Snapdragon 835 will be showcased at CES 2018 on January 9.
Speaking about the devices, Asus NovaGo 2-in-1 convertible laptop is claimed to be the world’s first Gigabit LTE laptop. It claims to have a 22 hours of battery life that it promises can last up to 30 days on standby. It comes in two storage variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the other with 8GB RAM and 256GB of on-board storage. While the 4GB RAM version is priced at $599, the 8GB RAM version id priced at $799.
Coming to the other device that was unveiled, HP ENVY x2 comes with a 12.3-inch display with protection from Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Much like Asus NovaGo, it runs Windows 10 and is powered by Snapdragon 835. It has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It promises battery life of 20 hours that can last up to 700 hours on standby mode. The laptop will be available in Spring 2018.
Speaking about Always Connected PCs, Microsoft’s Executive VP Windows & Devices Terry Myerson said, “Always Connected PCs are instantly on, always connected with a week of battery life. Powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, these Always PCs have huge benefits for organizations, enabling a new culture of work, better security and lower costs for IT.”