Last month, Qualcomm announced its ARM-based Snapdragon 835 would be the first of its kind to run the Windows 10 OS. Today we learn from an announcement made by Microsoft and Qualcomm at Computex 2017 that Lenovo, ASUS, and HP are expected to be the first ones to come out with devices featuring Snapdragon 835.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 has been known to provide high processing capability for low power consumption. When used in Mobile PCs, it would result in day-long battery life and longer standby times. Coupled with X16 LTE modem, the devices would be capable of hitting up to 1Gbps of data transfer speed.
Although there hasn’t been any image out, the upcoming devices can be visualized as the ultra-thin notebooks. Use of ARM-based processor would result in a thinner form factor while showing same or even better battery backup. LTE would provide a constant network connection, allowing you to stay connected even while on the move, on contrary to using WiFi. X16 LTE modem is expected to allow super high-speed gigabit-class data transmission rates over the cellular network on Windows 10 Mobile PC devices.
The legacy computing model no longer works for today’s consumers, who don’t want heavy, tethered-to-a-power-cable laptops with a frustrating number of accessories. With compatibility for the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation device form factors and deliver unparalleled anytime, anywhere creation experiences with up to gigabit-class LTE connectivity.
: Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies
The ARM processor won’t be a hindrance when it comes to running x86 apps on Windows. Microsoft in partnership with Qualcomm has developed x86 emulator for ARM. The emulator will allow running x86 32-bit Windows application, anything from VLC to Chrome to Photoshop, as a regular Windows PC, would with little to no performance difference.
This could hold the key to future of portable devices. ARM and Windows both integrated together could result in powerful yet battery efficient devices. The devices would be similar to regular old x86 notebooks, just with better connectivity and battery life.
The particulars of the upcoming devices from HP, ASUS, and Lenovo are yet to be known, but we’ll keep our readers updated as they come.