Microsoft has officially revealed ARM-powered laptops. The new generation of Windows 10 laptops will stay connected to the internet the whole day, come with a battery life of over 20 hours and will run typically on mobile phone software.
Asus, Lenovo, and HP are the manufacturers of this high-class ultra-thin PCs. They’ll come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor and look more like the regular 2-in-1 Intel processor laptops. The outstanding difference is the windows 10 and Snapdragon processor in the new laptops.
The Snapdragon 835 chipset will enable the Windows 10 machines to connect quickly to mobile networks. The ARM-powered laptops are expected to offer an up to Gigabits in download speed and beat the existing Intel processing laptops in battery life.
Some of these laptops were revealed during the Snapdragon Tech Summit organized by Qualcomm. The first one will be Asus NovaGo which is said to have a battery life of up to 22 hours. That is if the laptop is on video playback. But if it is in standby mode, the battery will run up 30 days without going off charge.
The joint work of Qualcomm and Microsoft brings to the world an always-on laptop with a 24/7 internet connection. The ultra-thin and fanless computers will function more like an iPad than the ordinary laptops.
The always-on feature will make the waking time of the laptop much faster than of the standard windows laptops. In addition to that, the machine will not go off or drain power if you close the lid.
If these computers live up to the hype, we are going to enjoy an LTE connectivity that has not been witnessed on other networks.
HP and Asus will initially come with Windows 10 S, which is compatible with the standard mobile apps available on the windows app store. However, users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which is free, for now, and be able to install the normal PCs apps.
Microsoft has developed a unique emulator to ensure 32-bit apps run well on the new laptops. They’ll also use windows 10 S that works natively with the ARM.
Note that this is not the first time Microsoft is coming up with ARM laptops. Five years ago the company came together with Nvidia to create Windows RT tablets. The project failed due to poor choice of software.
The promises were more or less the same as these of Qualcomm and Microsoft. The tablet’s battery was terrible, and the performance was pathetic. The two tech companies had promised users a desktop app running tablet, which never happened.
We can, however, say that the idea of software emulation is a clear indication that Microsoft learned their lesson from the RT tablet mess. Neither Microsoft nor Nvidia has talked about the RT tablet; whether the project still stands or its dead.
Microsoft says they’ll continue testing new desktop app compatibility, as they have already proved that popular ones like MS word are working correctly.
The company imagines a wide range of market for the new products ranging from students to established business people.
Among the benefits of the ARM-powered laptops to businesses, as the manufacturers say, include:
- The 24/7 internet connection
- Improved security as you connect to your cellular network other than insecure Wi-Fi networks
- The reduced cost of internet as companies will no longer have to pay for so many internal networks
Qualcomm promises their customers up to a gigabit of download speed. Earlier this year, a representative from the company downloaded a 30-minute full HD video clip in less than a minute, 30 seconds to be precise, using the cellular connection.
Asus NovaGo comes with a 13.3” High-Definition display, 8GB RAM and an internal storage of 256GB. It has a stylus support, 3 USB ports, a micro SD card reader, and an HDMI port. Asus NovaGo will start selling at $799. There is also the 4GB RAM and 84GB storage version of the NovaGo with a starting price of $599.
The ARM-powered laptops will start shipping before the end of this year, with the HP’s Envy x2 expected in the market in spring next year.
If the battery life and 24 hours internet connection check out for these machines, Microsoft and Qualcomm will have solved one big problem for students and corporations.