AMD Always Connected PCs will include Qualcomm modems

Snapdragon X16

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. As one might expect, this emulation isn't available in the kernel, so x86 device drivers won't work on these systems.

The Snapdragon 845 is (wait for it!) a direct successor to the Snapdragon 835, which can be found lingering inside devices like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2, and Moto Z2 Force. Two highlights in terms of performance are battery life and connectivity.

Equipping a laptop with mobile connectivity is not necessarily new - Intel has been doing it for years with their own modems (such as the XMM7260 and XMM7360), mostly in business end devices or Chromebooks.

News that Microsoft and Qualcomm would soon power PCs with ARM-based chipsets arrived previous year, but we've seen close to nothing regarding the concept's existence. Always connected to a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use. Additionally, these type of PCs can run either Windows 10 or Windows 10 S: the first models from Asus and HP will actually run the more secure Windows 10 S out of the box, but customers will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free for a limited time.

The new Envy x2 is nearly unrecognizable compared with its brushed-aluminum ancestor, which featured all-day battery life but a painfully slow Intel Atom processor when it debuted in 2013.

Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that promise. Microsoft's Terry Myerson came on stage today to briefly talk about these Windows 10 on ARM PCs, he later detailed the benefits of this new platform via a post on the Windows Experience Blog. Retail prices start from US$599 for the 4 GB RAM/64 GB storage version and tops at US$799 for the 8 GB RAM/256 GB storage version.

For starters, the new Asus NovaGo is "the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop, with superfast download speeds allowing users to download 2-hour movie in just 10 seconds" thanks to the X20 LTE modem inside.

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