Microsoft and Qualcomm reveal 'Always Connected PCs' running Windows 10 on ARM

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Nothing to do with Windows 10 Mobile per se, but definitely of interest, new ultra-light hybrid PCs have been announced, powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and running Windows 10 S (with free upgrade to full Windows 10 if needed for a year). Some details below, though what we're all waiting for on AAWP is something smaller, perhaps foldable, something which would take the place of phone, tablet and laptop.

From the Windows blog:

Last year at this time, I was with many of our hardware partners at the WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, where we painted a new vision for connected computing with built-in LTE connectivity, devices that are instantly on and battery life that went beyond hours into days and weeks. We also set a goal for us to begin delivering on this promise within one year.

Today, at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, I stood with Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Chips, and we delivered on the promise that we made then. Along with our hardware partners HP and ASUS, we showed the world the first full-featured Always Connected PCs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running Windows 10 and a new, optimized version of Office 365. ASUS and HP have worked hand in hand with us to deliver on pushing the boundaries of what a PC can do, and we continue to work closely with Lenovo as they build their own Always Connected PC.


ASUS NovaGo is the world’s first Gigabit LTE laptop, with superfast download speeds allowing users to download a 2-hour movie in just 10 seconds. Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile PC platform with X16 LTE, the NovaGo is always on, always connected with a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use.

The HP ENVY x2

The HP ENVY x2, an Always Connected PC, combines the best of a smartphone experience with the best of a Windows PC. Impossibly thin and incredibly durable, the HP ENVY x2 offers lightning-fast 4G LTE2 and Wi-Fi. With up to 20 hours of active use battery life, the detachable PC provides flexibility and connectivity to perform daily tasks while on the go.

Instantly on, Always Connected, and a week of battery life is liberating

One of the favorite parts of my job is trying out new products. Seeing the innovation, understanding how all the components work together, how it looks and feels, and ultimately how the customer will experience the product.

For the last few months, I have been using an Always Connected PC, running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. In the last week, I watched the movie Moana with my daughter, worked in PowerPoint, browsed the web every day, reviewed budgets in Excel, checked email while waiting to pick up my son from soccer, marked up a few PDFs with Ink, played some games on the plane – all of this without plugging in my power cord all week.

The PC is fast and responsive when I am using it and quickly goes into standby being incredibly battery efficient when I’m not using it.

A week of battery life on a 'laptop' sounds incredible - and unachievable. But I suspect the key lies in the use case - with the ability to suspend and resume instantly (like a smartphone), there's none of the usual 'leave the laptop on because we'll need it in 10 minutes and don't want to wait for it to sleep and resume'.


Just how far can manufacturers take the ideas here and miniaturise them? Will there be 'Surface' branded hardware based on these chipsets? Undoubtedly. 'Surface Mini', anyone?

Source / Credit: Windows blog