Smartphone or tablet based chips running a full windows laptop is not news as we earlier reported about Microsoft porting Windows 10 to run on ARM based chips. ARM based chips are the chips running our everyday smartphones and tablets whose architecture is provided by Britain based ARM Holdings and then outsourced to OEMS like Apple, Qualcomm,Samsung, Mediatek to design/build their own System-on-Chips (SoC) like the Apple A series of chips, Samsung Exynos, Qualcomm Snapdragons or Mediatek’s P line of chipsets.
Traditionally laptops have ran on chips based on Intel’s X86 architecture though the platform has long been criticized for being resource intensive and this has seen revisions and iterations addressing the issue to the current 8th generation of Intel chips.
The foiled attempt of Microsoft running Windows on an ARM chip with Windows RT didn’t deter the Software giant from pursuing this endeavour and earlier this year, Microsoft forged a partnership with Qualcomm to have Windows run on Qualcomm chipsets and the Snapdragon 835 was cited as a strong example. The partnership has finally bore fruits since Windows OEMs like Lenovo, HP and Asus will release new laptops powered by Qualcomms Snapdragon 835 early next year. It is the same chip running this year’s Android flagships like the Galaxy S8/S8+, LG V30, Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL among others
For now the laptops are the HP Envy X2 and the Asus NovaGo both of which will support standard Windows 10 features like a touch screen, stylus input and Windows Hello ontop of supporting inbuilt 4G LTE in the Qualcomm SoC. The two models will launch with Windows 10 S on board but a customer can fully upgrade to Windows 10 should the need arise. These laptops are expected to retail for around $600 – $800 once they become available.
The Envy X2 detachable laptop will come with a 12.3Inch FHD display (1920×1080), 8GB of RAM and 256 SSD storage and USB Type-C ports for input and output whereas the NovaGo has the same 1920×1080 pixel display but of 13.3Inch while the RAM and ROM remain the same at 8GB and 256GB respectively. However, it has full size USB Type-A and HDMI ports for input and output.
Qualcomm promises up to 25 hours of battery life on either computer but we can only attest to this once they’re out of production in retail channels.It will be an absolute win in terms of battery performance for Qualcomm should such laptops last that long as normally X86 based laptops promise up to 12 hours only to live just under 10 hours utmost.