Yesterday at the Qualcomm Tech Summit, Microsoft and Qualcomm have finally presented the first Windows 10 devices running on ARM powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. These new types of devices are called Always Connected PCs and Microsoft promises up 20 hours of battery life, instant-on capabilities and a month of standby.
Always Connected PCs will ship with Windows 10 S which means that you can only run apps from the Microsoft Store. However, if you want you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro so that you will be able to run full desktop apps. Nevertheless, it not clear if all x86 programs will run on Windows 10 on ARM and how the performance of these programs will be.
The first ever Always Connected PC was announced by Asus. The company presented the NovaGo Always Connected 2-in-1 which comes with the Snapdragon 835, up to 256GB of storage and up to 8GB of RAM. The device has a 13.3 inch HD display and is the world’s first gigabit LTE laptop because of the integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. Qualcomm is working together with a couple of carriers in the US including Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint to offer the Asus NovaG which comes with an eSIM.
Starting at $599 for the 4GB variant and $799 for the 8GB variant, the NovaGo is offering up to 22 hours of video playback and ships with Windows 10 S. Until September of next year you will be able to upgrade the device to Windows 10 Pro for free.
HP also revealed their first Always Connected PC at the event. The HP Envy x2 comes with to 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and up to 20 hours of battery life.
We will see a third Always Connected PC at CES in January. Lenovo will unveil their device at this event. To learn more about Windows 10 Always Connected PCs, check out this blog post from Microsoft.