Asus, HP Debut Snapdragon-Powered Windows Laptops

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"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". Windows 10 includes Ink, Hello and Cortana.

If you've picked up a flagship phones from the likes of Google, Samsung or HTC in 2017 then the likelihood is that it'll be powered by the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform - now Qualcomm has unveiled its successor.

This was all we were told about the processor today, along with the implication that it would be released next year, because of course it will. The Envy X2 is very similar to numerous Surface Pro types of computers that already exist, while the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts.

Qualcomm takes aim at Intel in PC processors
Asus, HP Debut Snapdragon-Powered Windows Laptops

Built upon the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Envy x2 will be available in configurations featuring up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. Both models will launch with Windows 10 S, but can be upgraded to the full Windows 10 experience. No UK prices were announced at the conference but a U.S. price of $599 for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and $799 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB look very reasonable indeed.

The screen flips 360 degrees and supports a stylus. The Envy relies entirely on USB Type-C ports for its input and output, while the Asus has full-size USB Type-A ports and an HDMI port. We already had a chance to check the Envy x2 out - check out our hands-on here.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen was on hand to reveal the Asus NovaGo, an ultra-thin and light convertible laptop powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB of memory and 256GB of Universal Flash Storage 2.0 (UFS 2.0), which is capable of speeds up to 1,400Mbps. To see how all of that works, we'll have to spend more time with these machines. Qualcomm says that devices running the just-announced Snapdragon 845 processor and X20 modem will arrive next year. Stay tuned as we'll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly with more info.

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