Microsoft highlights the benefits of Windows 10 on ARM

Posted December 06, 2017

HP didn't provide pricing on the new Envy x2 but they did have a release window of spring 2018. For a start, you can only download and install software from the Windows Store - that'll include things like a "specially optimized" version of Office 365 for Snapdragon-powered machines, Microsoft says.

At its technology summit in Maui this afternoon, Qualcomm provided some additional details of the results of its partnership with Microsoft to bring Windows to the chipmaker's SoCs.

That all changes today with the introduction of always-on, always-connected PC powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon technology, and Windows 10.

The chip will likely be found in other, non-Android devices as well, including Windows 10 PCs, among others.

While you'll obviously have WiFi too, our expectation is that you're probably going to struggle to buy a NovaGo or ENVY x2 without activating a data connection at the same time. These type of PCs, such as the ones from HP and ASUS are running Windows 10 on ARM, and they can deliver all-day battery life, better security, and much more. The NovaGo is touted to run for up to 22 hours on a single charge, while the Envy x2 will run for up to 20 hours. That's local video playback with the NovaGo offering an every more impressive 22. Users can use both eSIMs and Nano SIMs on the device.

That's not all as standy time is quoted at 700 hours and HP says you can get 0-90 percent charge in just 90 minutes.

The NovaGo will have a 4X4 MIMO antenna array for high-speed, Gigabit-class 4G connectivity and will have up to 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage and 8GB of RAM. The detachable keyboard, like the Surface, means you can use it in various different modes. No UK prices were announced at the conference but a USA price of $599 for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and $799 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB look very reasonable indeed. 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. There's audio by Bang & Olufsen, a microSD card slot, a USB-C port, a 13Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera. Microsoft's Terry Myerson came on stage today to briefly talk about these Windows 10 on ARM PCs, he later detailed the benefits of this new platform via a post on the Windows Experience Blog.