Qualcomm shows off ARM-based Windows 10 PCs Asus NovaGo and HP Envy x2

Qualcomm has revealed new ‘always-connected’ ARM-based laptops produced with its Snapdragon 835 chipset in partnership with partners HP and Asus.

The laptops boast week-long battery life and constant LTE connectivity. Both eschew a hibernation mode, and instead enter a low-power state when the lid is closed.

Qualcomm and Microsoft’s Snapdragon for Windows is not the first time an attempt’s been made at making ARM-based PCs work; Windows RT was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt that was poorly received due to battery life and system restrictions.

Both devices come with Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s new education-focused OS variant that only operates Windows Store apps. The laptops can be upgraded to the full Windows operating system, however.

The Asus NovaGo is expected to debut ‘early next year’ at $599 USD, while HP says the pricing for its device will arrive in the spring.

Check out specs for the new Asus NovaGo 2-in-1 below:

  • Dimensions: 31.6cm x 22.1cm x 1.49cm (W x D x H) / 1.39kg
  • Display: 13.3” LED-backlit Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • OS: Windows 10 S (free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro before Sep. 30, 2018)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 835 platform
  • Connectivity: Gigabit LTE by Qualcomm X16 modem (4×4 MIMO) 802.11ac (2×2 MIMO)
  • Memory: Up to 8GBStorage, up to 256GB UFS 2.0
  • Input: Multi-touch (10-point), stylus support; 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Micro SD

And the specs for the HP Envy x2 here:

  • Thickness / Weight: 6.9 mm / 1.54lbs
  • Display: 12.3-inch diagonal touch WUXGA+ with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Form Factor: 110 to 150-degree integrated adjustable stand
  • OS: Windows 10 S with one-time option to switch to Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform4G LTE
  • Connectivity: Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem
  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours (up to 700 hours in modern standby mode)
  • Memory: Up to 8 GB LPDDR4X PoP
  • Storage: Up to 256 GB
  • Keyboard: 1.3 mm key, backlit
  • Pen: Windows Ink Certified pen

Qualcomm says Lenovo’s always-connected PC launch will take place in Las Vegas at CES.