HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)

Posted December 06, 2017

Qualcomm and its partners debuted the world's first Snapdragon-powered Windows laptops from its 2 annual Snapdragon Technology Summit from Maui, Hawaii. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation.

Availability of both systems is expected just before the end of the year and pricing for both will range from $600-800 depending on the specific configuration. "ASUS and HP have worked hand in hand with us to deliver on pushing the boundaries of what a PC can do, and we continue to work closely with Lenovo as they build their own Always Connected PC", Myerson writes.

See Qualcomm's sizzle reel for the processor below. ARM computers aren't noticeably thinner or lighter than others, and though they lack any sort of fans, many newer Intel computers are fanless, as well.

Impressively, though, unlike the rest of the laptop and smartphone industry, the prices of these new machines will be very reasonable.

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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.

Being always connected wherever I am whether I am in the auto, airport or coffee shop, always being connected just feels like the most natural, safe and secure way to work with teams and be creative. Additionally, these type of PCs can run either Windows 10 or Windows 10 S: the first models from Asus and HP will actually run the more secure Windows 10 S out of the box, but customers will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free for a limited time. Frost didn't mention a stylus, but the machine was pictured with such a pen attached to its case, so it probably supports Windows Ink. Microsoft's Terry Myerson came on stage today to briefly talk about these Windows 10 on ARM PCs, he later detailed the benefits of this new platform via a post on the Windows Experience Blog. The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD will be available for $599, the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $799.

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.