Qualcomm Announces Always Connected Platform for Windows Devices

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Phones with a Snapdragon 845 and compatible antennas should be faster than last year's phones on the same LTE networks, and thanks to some improvements Qualcomm made earlier this year, it should also be easy for device manufacturers to use the X20 modem to support T-Mobile's new 600MHz network.

Rumored for next generation flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7, Qualcomm today officially announced the Snapdragon 845 processor.

In a blog post about the new PCs, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson described the arrival of Always Connected PCs as an important technological progression, on par with the original laptop, virtual reality and cloud computing.

Like the NovaGo, having a Snapdragon 835 inside is one of the headline features.

The Envy x2, in keeping with Microsoft's always-connected PC vision, purportedly sports long battery life, almost instant wake times from a sleep state, and ubiquitous LTE connectivity.

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There are plenty of Microsoft Surface rivals - or clones if you like - out there and the HP Envy x2 is now another one. Sadly there's no carrier subsidy, unlike with a phone, to lower the cost; however, networks will nearly certainly be incentivizing retailers to push data activation on new sales.

So far, we've seen two Windows on Snapdragon machines.

Frost didn't provide as many hardware specs as Asus' CEO did, but the he did have some details about the Envy x2's form factor. Retail prices start from US$599 for the 4 GB RAM/64 GB storage version and tops at US$799 for the 8 GB RAM/256 GB storage version.

Meanwhile, the HP ENVY x2 will borrow the detachable form-factor of the PC maker's Spectre series. Pricing hasn't been confirmed at this stage, with HP only saying it'll announce that closer to the ENVY x2's Spring 2018 release. Luckily the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii has brought good news. Perhaps more fundamental, is ARM at the core the end-goal for Windows 10 devices without discrete graphics chips?

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts. That may still be some way out, but it could have a huge impact on not only Intel and AMD's businesses, but that of other companies relying on their low-power chips, including Apple.

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