Microsoft and Qualcomm introduced the first ever-on laptops.
The new laptop range uses the Snapdragon 835 platform, known for the gaming enthusiasts of the top smartphones.
By mounting on a laptop a processor optimized for mobile devices, Microsoft is trying to offer a hybrid product that offers the benefits of a tablet combined with the performance of a PC. The new laptops will bring a whole host of advantages, but they also have some compromises. The first and most important aspect is autonomy. Thanks to the consumer optimizations Qualcomm has made for smartphones and tablets, these processors will provide autonomy, say Microsoft, 20-22 hours. It is equally true that there will be some difference in performance between laptops with Snapdragon and those using Intel processors, for example. The second important aspect is the data connection that these laptops will benefit from. Like smartphones or tablets, this category of PCs will be able to use either the wireless connection or the 4G. Extensive autonomy and data connectivity, which will compensate for the moments when there is no available wireless network, bring the benefits of tablets to the PC and underpin the “always-on PC” name that Microsoft uses for this category of laptops. Thanks to the compact Snapdragon platform and cooling fans, the new laptops will be lighter, thinner and as silent as a tablet. Beyond the performance differences of the hardware platforms, the rest of the compromises come from the software area. These laptops will be delivered with a special version of Windows 10 – Windows 10 S, which allows installation of applications only from the official store Windows Store. Those who want to install applications from other sources will need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which is upgraded for free yet. New Qualcomm PCs will run most of the applications. In addition to native applications, traditional 32-bit applications will also work with an emulator. 64-bit native applications are not supported at this time. There is also no support for programs that require kernel privileges, such as antivirus. One of the first representatives of the new product category is NovaGo, Asus. With a 13.3-inch screen, it will be available in two versions.
The first version, which has an official $ 600 price, features 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space. The second one offers 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space for $ 800. Summing up, the new “always-on PCs” that Microsoft, Qualcomm and partners like Asus, Lenovo, HP or Dell will launch will bring the benefits of tablets to the PC world.
Autonomy, data connection, fanlessness, and silence make these laptops an alternative to the tablet as the tablet tried, without much success, to be an alternative to the PC. If Apple has promoted tablets as PC replacements in recent years, Microsoft can now say that new PCs eliminate the need for a tablet. Last but not least, these laptops are Microsoft’s response to another threat for Windows – Google’s chromebooks. Source: News.ro