HP, Asus announce first Windows 10 ARM PCs

Todd Singleton
December 6, 2017

Similar to the NovaGo, HP's Envy x2 is a thin and light Windows 10 S laptop aimed at creatives, and it also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, up to 8GB of LPDDR4 PoP memory, and up to 256GB of storage. Yes, you read that right. Until then, it's worth mentioning that, once again, the Snapdragon 845 is the result of the collaboration between Qualcomm and Samsung.

The laptop will run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and, in the most exciting of developments, battery life is promised to be huge. Pricing isn't yet known, but it will begin to ship this Spring.

More technical details of the chip are coming tomorrow, but we know that the chip is based on a 10nm process, like last year's 835. The NovaGo offers up to 22 hours of battery life (video playback), up to 30 days of standby time, and comes with support for Windows Ink, Windows Hello, and Cortana.

Windows 10 on ARM is a reboot of Microsoft's earlier attempts to marry mobile processors with full laptop experiences.

The keyboard isn't adjustable, which means it will always be at a slight angle to the screen.

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In addition to improved performance, the Snapdragon 845 platform will focus on machine learning and improved imaging.

The keys and touchpad are fine for web browsing or dashing off a quick email, but they don't have enough travel to be comfortable for longer typing sessions.

The real differences with these computers will be felt once we've gotten a chance to use these computers in an everyday scenario.

One edge features a USB-C port to connect peripherals or the charging cable, while the other edge hosts a volume rocker and a headphone jack. As we've come to expect, it will bring improvements in power, efficiency, and niche areas like image processing to next year's best smartphones.

That combination seems a bit anemic to us, especially when you consider that some Windows apps designed for Intel-powered machines will not run natively on the Snapdragon processor, instead requiring processor-intensive emulation. "ASUS and HP have worked hand in hand with us to deliver on pushing the boundaries of what a PC can do, and we continue to work closely with Lenovo as they build their own Always Connected PC", Myerson writes.

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