Everything you need to know about Windows 10 ARM aka Always Connected PCs


Back at WinHEC 2016, Microsoft partnered with Qualcomm to bring Windows 10 ARM PCs to the market. Lots of reports and rumors about it going around lately. Here’s everything you need to know about Windows 10 ARM!

What is it?

Unlike Windows 10 S, Windows 10 ARM is the version of Windows 10 with an emulation layer which allows to run traditional desktop apps (win32, x86) outside from Windows Store. In addition Windows 10 ARM have built-in LTE cellular capability, beyond all day battery life and more.

These device are known as Always Connected PCs and they offer an always-connected experience on modern hardware. Microsoft would like Windows 10 to run on ARM hardware so it can reap those benefits.

Okay. Anything else?

At annual 5G summit, Qualcomm revealed more details about the Always Connected PCs, upcoming device and it’s partnership with Microsoft. Since the Build 2017, Microsoft has been talking about Windows 10 on ARM processors, architecture of it and they also revealed some of its features. And now it is at the final stage of the development.

The 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.

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In addition, user will be able to install any x86 Win32 app – unmodified – from any source, no repackaging as UWP or delivery via the Windows Store required. The new cheapset will deliver 27% higher performance while drawing 40% less power compare to Snapdragon 820/821 SoCs. With long battery life and quick charge technology users would only need to charge their device every couple of days or so.

Alright! So, when?

Sure, you wont’t be able to buy ARM desktop anytime soon and you can’t expect a cheap device as of now. Though Qualcomm explained “we’ll eventually get affordable Windows 10 Always Connected PCs powered by the company’s ARM processors once the portfolio expands.” It’s been a while since Microsoft and Qualcomm testing this new hardware and we are expecting that the first Always Connected PC with Snapdragon processor will hit the market later this year. While OEM will launch new hardware the by early next year.

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