Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

HP, Asus announce first Windows 10 ARM PCs

HP, Asus announce first Windows 10 ARM PCs

Today marks the beginning of a new era of personal computing and ASUS is proud to be paving the way with Qualcomm Technologies and other companies to develop this new landscape for "Always Connected" Windows on Snapdragon PCs. It will also feature the latest X20 LTE modem for gigabit connectivity speeds. HP is promising to eke more than 20 hours out of the chip without a charge, and what's more, the Envy x2 and other Snapdragon-powered machines are created to deliver that kind of battery life even though they're always on and come with LTE built in. Asus says that the NovaGo is the company's ultra-sleek and lightweight laptop, and it features instant on and resume feature. As one might expect, this emulation isn't available in the kernel, so x86 device drivers won't work on these systems. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation. Asus is promising up to 22-hour battery life and over 30 days of standby.

Asus, at the Snapdragon Summit 2017 in Maui, Hawaii, announced NovaGo, the world's first gigabit LTE laptop.

The HP ENVY x2 combines the best of Windows and with the smartphone freedom. The NovaGo can be similarly equipped with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but its fixed display is a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel panel. ENVY x2 is incredibly thin, light, durable and of course always connected, the HP ENVY x2 offers lightning-fast 4G LTE2 and Wi-Fi. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. 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.

If you want a bit more grunt and storage space, you can bump up the budget to $799 U.S. for the 8GB model of Asus NovaGo, complete with 256GB of storage.

The HP Envy x2 is more akin to a Microsoft Surface, with the ability to be used as a tablet, placed upright with a hinged stand on the back of the device, or connected to a keyboard mat.

But what's really special about Always Connected PCs is that they're ARM-based, just like most Android smartphones.

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