Microsoft has partnered with Qualcomm to officially unveil the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops. Both the companies have together unveiled Windows 10 laptops today manufactured by Lenovo, Asus, and HP for an ARM.
These laptops include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which is a suite of the system on a chip semiconductor product typically designed for mobile devices.
The first device includes HP’s laptop, the Envy x2 which is a detachable 2-in-1 with a folio-style keyboard and another is the NovaGo, Asus’ device which is a standard convertible. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet/laptops, for example, Microsoft’s Surface Pro, but the powering version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor makes them different.
Asus has not revealed the details of final pricing or release date but HP’s device will be available in 2018. Lenovo is expected to launch its device in upcoming weeks.
The new Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 devices look and feel like normal laptops that users have seen before. There are many similarities at the software side. These laptops run Microsoft’s full Windows 10 operating system.
Qualcomm says, “Due to the Snapdragon 835’s power-saving features, these laptops will be able to support beyond all-day battery life.”
Microsoft team said that it launching this platform without a flagship device because it wanted to work closely with its ecosystem partners to validate and harden this platform.
Rene Haas, the head of ARM’s intellectual property group said, “It’s been a long engagement with Microsoft around this platform but also, a lot has changed since the first time they were looking at Windows on the ARM.”