Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon 845 processor official

Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon powered PCs

The news followed Qualcomm's confirmation at the event that it will be launching a new mobile platform - the Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. 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.

Inside the NovaGo is Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon 835 - the same SoC that's in nearly every flagship Android smartphone this year. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts. The model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage runs to $799. No UK prices were announced at the conference but a U.S. 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. The Envy x2 will also support an active stylus that is Windows Ink certified for activities such as note-taking and illustration. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.


Both the ASUS and HP convertibles offer up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, although the NovaGo uses UFS 2.0 that should allow for faster memory access and lower power consumption. "The Envy x2 will have a Surface-like detachable keyboard and will be just 0.3" (6.9 mm) thick. To see how all of that works, we'll have to spend more time with these machines.

Qualcomm set its sights on the Windows market late past year when it announced that its Snapdragon 835 SoC processor would find its way into Asus, HP, and Lenovo Windows 10 devices featuring "Always On" connectivity. That's the same setup found in many Android phones released in 2017, including Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Google's Pixel 2. If the built-in x86 emulator in Windows 10 on ARM can really deliver performance that matches what we find on PCs with Intel and AMD processors, then Microsoft and its OEM partners can well have a hit on their hands. Stay tuned as we'll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly with more info.

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