– Always Connected PCs launches with Asus and HP.
– The “All Connected” tech is Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Microsoft during an event in Hawaii announced the launch of the world’s first ‘Always Connected’ PCs. The Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson showed off the first-ever Always Connected PCs from Asus and HP. These new laptops will offer built-in LTE connectivity and longer battery life than x86 PCs.
The “All Connected” tech is Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC and ARM architecture, the Always Connected PCs are being regarded by Microsoft and as the next big revolution in the tech industry after the original laptop and virtual reality.
The first one in the new range, the Asus NovaGo, will be the world’s first Gigabit LTE convertible laptop. The NovaGo offers a good 30-hour resting battery life and 22 hours of active usage with its 52Wh battery. The Asus NovaGo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, coupled with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of Universal Flash Storage. The PC also has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and one HDMI port. The NovaGo runs on Microsoft Windows 10 S that brings new features like Windows Ink, Windows Hello, and Cortana. The devices weighs 1.39kg and measures 316 x 221.6 x 14.9mm. eSIM and Nano-SIM options will be available.
And the second PC launched in the new range is the HP Envy x2, which is yet another convertible that offers a 20-hour active battery life along with state-of-the-art built-in 4G LTE connectivity. Both run Windows 10 S and sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. The HP Envy x2 is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC that is complimented by 8GB of LPDDR4X PoP RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The Envy x2 is fanless and has a thin and light CNC Machined Aluminium tablet that is 6.9 mm thick and weighs just about 1.54 lbs (0.7 kg). The backlit keyboard has a 1.3mm key travel for a smooth typing experience in any lighting condition.
The Asus NovaGo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, coupled with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of Universal Flash Storage. The PC also has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and one HDMI port. Asus had not revealed availability, but has revealed pricing – the 4G RAM and 64GB storage model will cost $499, while the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model will cost $799. Reports have it that Microsoft will release other details in the coming weeks.