Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops

These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops

Today, Qualcomm is holding an event in Hawaii, where the company took the stage alongside new partners like Microsoft, ASUS, and HP. The tech firms have jointly just about managed it by introducing the NovaGo.

The Asus NovaGo will go on sale in selected countries including the US, UK, Italy, France and Germany. The NovaGo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Besides an always-on PC and vast battery life, one of the other benefits of a Snapdragon processor is that no cooling fan is required, so the Envy x2 will always be free of annoying fan noise.

The version HP showed us contains a Snapdragon 835 processor running at 2.2GHz and just 4GB of RAM.

Impressively, though, unlike the rest of the laptop and smartphone industry, the prices of these new machines will be very reasonable. 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. The 12.3-in screen is the same size as the current Surface Pro, but the HP option will have a more traditional 16:9 screen aspect ratio.

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These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops

These devices are deigned to be always on like your phone and Asus says the NovaGo will offer more than 30 days of standby time. Those include the ability to create and share content, to lose yourself and to feel like you're in another world like through VR, to make your life easier with artificial intelligence, to secure your data, to globalize the wireless user experience and to make more powerful and longer-lasting experiences. Both devices will ship with Windows 10S, but ASUS and HP are offering free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro before September 30, 2018. The Snapdragon 835 SoC is complemented by up to 8 GB RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 2.0 storage.

There's no word yet on the pricing or availability for the Asus NovaGo, but HP said that the Envy x2 would be arriving in the United Kingdom in February, starting at £999 with a keyboard and active pen included.

The first Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptop is here and it's coming out of Taiwan.

The back of the machine will be made from machined aluminum for a high-end look and will sport a camera that will work with the new 3D features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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