After so many rumours and predictions on Windows on ARM, Qualcomm has now officially announced that it’s Snapdragon 835 will be powering future laptops and 2-in1s. A solely Windows 10 affair, these would not he running Android.
But the real draw is the features that we typically associate with smartphones – particularly always on connectivity with 4G LTE.
Called as “always connected PC”, users have yo no longer rely on Wifi for the internet supply. Thus, Qualcomm has started bringing laptops into the 4G LTE era. Rather than hopping onto public WiFi networks that are the most vulnerable to “man in the middle” attacks, private LTE access is more secure. That could be a big win for enterprise users.
One of the major benefits being touted is the battery life. Today, we get around 8 hours of battery life of serious usage out of even the more frugal laptops/Chromebooks. However, Qualcomm estimated that it can easily offer a full day’s worth of battery life which also means that people need to charge their Snapdragon 835 powered laptops once a week. Standby time also shoots up, boasting up to 4 to 5x the standby time of current laptops and offering up to one month of standby time.
As for devices, Asus took to the stage to unveil its Nova GO laptop, the world’s first laptop with support for Gigabit LTE data speeds. It supports eSIM and Nano SIM to get users online with 4G, along with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage, which will feel like very familiar specs to even high-end laptop owners. The Nova GO also boasts up to 22 hours of screen-on-time, 30 days standby, along with Windows Ink and Cortana support. The laptop will start at $599 for the 4GB / 64GB model, and $799 for the 8GB / 238GB model. Other brands are expected to announce similar devices soon.
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