Last year Microsoft and Qualcomm partnered to bring Windows 10 to PCs powered by ARM chipset, also known and Always Connected PCs. At CES 2018, Qualcomm announced the first major mobile carriers that will support Always Connected PC around the world.
Always Connected PCs will be 2 in 1 laptop that’ll run on Windows 10 S powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. While being a powerful enough to be called a computer, these devices will also be mobile along with carrier connectivity. The device will primarily rely on carrier-based mobile plans on LTE network rather than WiFi connectivity making it highly portable, even worldwide.
These mobile network operators will soon support Always Connected PCs, starting in first half of 2018 and through the year, in China, UK, US, and Italy:
- China – China Telecom
- Italy – TIM (Telecom Italia)
- U.K. – EE
- U.S. – Sprint, Verizon
“The collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies has resulted in a new category for the PC – the Always Connected PC. It combines the connectivity and the simplicity of the smartphone with the power and creative capability of the Windows 10 PC, transforming how we work and play,” said Matt Barlow, corporate vice president, Windows and devices, Microsoft. “With the support of our mobile operator partners, consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy superfast connectivity over LTE networks at an affordable price, anytime and anywhere.”
If you’re always on the move, travelling around a lot or just void of any WiFi connectivity, then you should consider this range of devices. More carriers will add support for Always Connected PCs later this spring, but unless other major mobile carrier networks such as AT&T or T Mobile join in it would be a tough one to sell.