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HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

The main USP of the device is the promise of all-day computing. To further that vision, HP's Kevin Frost took the stage to introduce the company's upcoming Snapdragon 835-powered Envy x2 convertible. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Asus NovaGo also features Windows 10 features such as Windows Ink with stylus support, Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana, and Windows Hello for biometric authentication.

On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We've already detailed the finer points and pitfalls of Qualcomm's ambition, but now we can see if the company can make it stick with a new pair of devices from Asus and HP. Still, it's pretty thin and light.

The combination of Windows 10 and Snapdragon aims to offer various things including wonderful battery life, performance and connectivity.

The Envy x2, in keeping with Microsoft's always-connected PC vision, purportedly sports long battery life, almost instant wake times from a sleep state, and ubiquitous LTE connectivity.

Qualcomm takes aim at Intel in PC processors
HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

But what's really special about Always Connected PCs is that they're ARM-based, just like most Android smartphones. 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.

Inside, the new ASUS NovaGo rocks the Snapdragon 835 (an 8-core CPU) on the 10nm process, up to 256GB of UFS2.0 storage and up to 8GB of RAM. Asus has already revealed that prices will start at just $599 U.S. for the base model, which includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage.

For starters, the new Asus NovaGo is "the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop, with superfast download speeds allowing users to download 2-hour movie in just 10 seconds" thanks to the X20 LTE modem inside.

Qualcomm is hosting its annual conference this week, where we expect to hear more about Snapdragon Windows 10 devices. We'll be checking out the new ASUS laptop later today, so stay tuned for our hands-on impressions to find out if this is a device worth your time.




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