Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all coming out with Windows 10 PCs that will be powered by Qualcomm Technologies' Snapdragon 835 processors, although no release dates have been given yet. Qualcomm made the announcement today at Computex 2017, one of the largest IT trade shows in Asia.
The new Snapdragon-powered devices will support a "hypermobile" experience with long battery life and fast LTE connectivity, Qualcomm said. The Snapdragon 835 is built using 10-nanometer FinFET (fin field effect transistor) technology, a relatively new process designed to minimize performance versus power tradeoffs in chip manufacturing.
New-Gen, 'Always-Connected' PCs
The new Qualcomm-powered devices from Asus, HP, and Lenovo represent a new category of "always connected PCs" using the Windows 10 operating system, Peter Han, Microsoft's vice president of partner devices and solutions, said in a Windows blog post today.
"There is a new generation of users that need to be connected to the cloud at all times," Han said. "They are students, creators, freelancers, small businesses, and enterprises. This means sharing experiences across screens and leveraging the latest network technology like gigabit LTE and eSIM. We are collaborating with our ecosystem on a shared vision. This starts with a close partnership at the silicon layer, with Intel and Qualcomm and with our mobile operator partners to provide seamless eSIM connectivity."
In a statement, Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm's executive vice president, said, "The Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation modern device form factors and deliver unparalleled anything, anywhere creation experiences with up to Gigabit Class LTE connectivity."
Download Speeds of 'Up to 1 Gbps'
Microsoft and Qualcomm first announced their plans for Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon ARM processors late last year. However, that doesn't mean that Microsoft is moving away from devices powered by Intel's x86-based chips.
In fact, there have already been a number of new Intel-powered Windows devices unveiled at Computex this year, including the new Zephyrus gaming laptop from Asus and Lenovo's new V720 laptop designed for small business users.
"We’re excited to work with Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies to bring a whole new class of devices to consumers that will change the future of personal computing," said Jeff Meredith, SVP and general manager for Lenovo’s PCs and smart devices consumer business unit, in the statement.
The new Snapdragon-powered PCs coming out from Asus, HP and Lenovo will all feature fanless designs and integrated Snapdragon X16 Gigabit LTE modems. The built-in modem will be able to support peak download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), Qualcomm said. In addition, the Snapdragon 835's mobile PC platform will also feature 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO for "optimal Wi-Fi connectivity on the go," Qualcomm said.
At Computex today, Microsoft also unveiled new Windows-based mixed-reality headsets from a variety of manufacturing partners and highlighted new Internet of Things offerings it plans to develop for vertical markets including energy, manufacturing, and retail.