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Qualcomm and Microsoft bring on Always Connected PCs with ASUS NovaGo

Qualcomm and Microsoft bring on Always Connected PCs with ASUS NovaGo

Qualcomm reserved about 10 minutes to the unveiling of its new Snapdragon 845 chipset at the Tech Summit that kicked off early today. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation.

The Asus NovaGo will go on sale in selected countries including the US, UK, Italy, France and Germany.

Besides an always-on PC and enormous 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. "OEMs around the world will now be able to combine the recently announced AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Qualcomm Technologies' leading wireless solutions via their Snapdragon LTE modem family to achieve new levels of performance, connectivity and capability for ultrathin notebook PCs".

On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. HP, Asus, and Lenovo will all be launching laptops and convertibles with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor in them, with prices expected to range from $600 to $800.

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.

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Tomorrow, we will learn significantly more about Qualcomm's newest chip and its capabilities, so stay tuned.

Connectivity is next up and a necessary upgrade to make a laptop more like a smartphone. These machines run full Windows 10 - so not some crippled Windows RT nonsense - and support 32bit x86 applications.

Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that promise.

It is compatible with Windows Ink styluses, Windows Hello authentication as well as Cortana.

The HP ENVY x2 is a detachable 2-in-1 device reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface products or the Huawei Matebook-E that we recently took a look at. The NovaGo's screen can't be detached, but it does rotate 360 degrees for tablet mode.

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