News that Microsoft and Qualcomm would soon power PCs with ARM-based chipsets arrived last year, but we’ve seen close to nothing regarding the concept’s existence. This changes today as at an event, the companies have unveiled the first ARM-powered PCs from HP and Asus which will begin shipping next year.
For starters, the new Asus NovaGo is “the world’s first Gigabit LTE laptop, with superfast download speeds allowing users to download 2-hour movie in just 10 seconds” thanks to the X20 LTE modem inside. It’s no secret powering these PCs with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips would enable this functionality, so it makes sense to capitalize on it. The device features a 2-in-1 design with a 360-degree hinge, a 13.3-inch HD touchscreen, 4 or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, an HDMI port, two USB-A ports, stylus input, and a microSD card slot. Pricing starts at $599.
As for the HP model, the Envy x2 has a 12.3-inch HD display, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a stylus,d and a detachable form factor. Pricing isn’t yet known, but it will begin to ship this Spring.
Regarding operating systems, both devices run Windows 10 S but can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free. Additionally, each device sports some pretty impressive battery life, to say the least. 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. Both of these numbers showcase just how beneficial having an ARM processor inside really is.
Expect to hear more about Qualcomm and Microsoft’s efforts to get more ARM-based PCs on the market soon.