Earlier today, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced the first Windows 10 devices with ARM-based processors will be arriving early next year. The NovaGo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Perhaps more fundamental, is ARM at the core the end-goal for Windows 10 devices without discrete graphics chips? 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. "The 12.3" WUXGA touchscreen display features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for increased durability and scratch resistance, and it is also compatible with an active pen. HP Envy X2 looks just like the Spectre X2 detachable already available, while Asus' NovaGo is a standard laptop that is visually indistinguishable from the rest of its lineup.
It's been a while, but we officially have details of the first Windows 10 devices running on Snapdragon.
As a result, first impressions from the new devices aren't hugely different from any other Windows 10 device. 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. With 4GB / 8GB RAM options, users can choose between 64GB or 256GB onboard storage. The NovaGo's screen can't be detached, but it does rotate 360 degrees for tablet mode. Low power requirements are great for prolonging battery life, but not when you need raw performance: if you were hoping for a 4K video editing system that lasted 20+ hours away from the charger, you're out of luck. It will also feature the latest X20 LTE modem for gigabit connectivity speeds. To see how all of that works, we'll have to spend more time with these machines.
Qualcomm set its sights on the Windows market late past year when it announced that its Snapdragon 835 SoC processor would find its way into Asus, HP, and Lenovo Windows 10 devices featuring "Always On" connectivity. That's the same setup found in many Android phones released in 2017, including Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Google's Pixel 2. One of the big advantages of a chipset like the Snapdragon 835, which was created with devices that have small batteries in mind, is that it's far more frugal with its power needs than a regular x86 Intel or AMD processor. We haven't been told for sure that this element will come to the United Kingdom models, so stay tuned for an update.
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