Last year at WinHEC, Microsoft partnered with Qualcomm to bring full Windows 10 experience on mobile chip. And today Microsoft finally introduces first Windows 10 Always Connected PC powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Windows 10 ARM often refereed as Always Connected PC will deliver long battery life, an enhanced Windows 10 experience, instantly on, always connected, better security and not to mention the build in LTE technology. Qualcomm claims that the device will have beyond all day battery life.
HP ENVY x3 & Asus NovaGo
The Always-Connected PC combines the best of a smartphone experience with the best of a Windows 10 PC. Devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. HP and ASUS introduces first Windows 10 ARM devices. HP ENVY x3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, with up to 20 hours of active use battery life. The device is very thin and durable, it offers lightning-fast 4G LTE2 and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Asus NovaGo is also powered by Snapdragon 835 processor which will deliver Always connected to a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use. NovaGo is a convertible laptop with 13.3-inch 1080p display. The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD variant will be available for $599, while 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD variant will cost $799. It support both eSIM and nanoSIM.
Basically Windows 10 ARM features an eSIM technology. It will allow users to switch providers and plans without the hassle of getting a new physical SIM. Carriers like AT&T, Etisalat, Vodafone, Telefoni can take advantage of eSIM technology to build devices without an exposed SIM slot. User can buy data directly from Microsoft Store and manage them using Microsoft Plans app. Basically the Microsoft Store will host these data plans, so user can easily purchase it and manage usage of it.
Always connected PC is the future of the next generation of computing experience. And the future is here. This technology will surely put the computing experience to new threshold. We’ll soon see more Always connected PCs (maybe at MWC 2018).