This changes today as at an event, the companies have unveiled the first ARM-powered PCs from HP and Asus which will begin shipping next year. 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.
The Asus NovaGo will go on sale in selected countries including the US, UK, Italy, France and Germany. It utilizes the Snapdragon 835, presumably with the X16 LTE modem with four-way carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO.
"It's not a matter of if, but when all PCs will become Always Connected PCs", said Myerson.
News that Microsoft and Qualcomm would soon power PCs with ARM-based chipsets arrived a year ago, but we've seen close to nothing regarding the concept's existence.
Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts.
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These devices are deigned to be always on like your phone and Asus says the NovaGo will offer more than 30 days of standby time. The Envy has a similarly sized 12-inch display, though its 1,920 x 1,280 resolution isn't as sharp as the MacBook, and to be fair the Envy is more of a tablet convertible while the Macbook is a more traditional laptop. "OEMs around the world will now be able to combine the recently announced AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Qualcomm Technologies' leading wireless solutions via their Snapdragon LTE modem family to achieve new levels of performance, connectivity and capability for ultrathin notebook PCs". The Envy x2 is, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, a 2-in-1 detachable with a removable keyboard cover with built in hinge, measuring 6.9mm thin, and promising 20-hour battery life. This is also the first notebook that runs full Windows 10 on the ARM CPU.
The Asus NovaGo price starts at just $599 for the 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage variant, while you're looking at $799 for the 8GB/256GB model.
There's no word yet on the pricing or availability for the Asus NovaGo, but HP said that the Envy x2 would be arriving in the United Kingdom in February, starting at £999 with a keyboard and active pen included.
The screen flips 360 degrees and supports a stylus.