Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10 Laptops Are Coming
Although Qualcomm has very recently announced details of the Snapdragon 845 chipset, the current Snapdragon 835 is still very much alive and kicking – and soon it will reside in Windows-powered laptops.We’ve seen HP preview the Envy x2 device, which pairs the Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB of RAM and a twenty hour battery life. This is a similar core specification to many of 2017’s flagship smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8. Asus have announced the NovaGo, which ups the RAM to 8 GB (the same as some OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T models) and promises a twenty two hour battery life. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi have also been linked to a new Windows 10 powered laptop to be released in early 2018, as a follow up to the company’s 2016 Mi Notebook models, which were powered by Intel chipsets.
It will be interesting to see how well these devices perform and run. The HP Envy is being released with Microsoft Windows 10S, which only allows customers to download applications from the Microsoft Store. This particular model’s 4 GB of RAM could hinder performance as some Windows applications are written for the Intel x86 platform and will require emulation to run on the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Although emulation may slow things down, the new generation of ARM-powered laptops offers a power consumption advantage compared with Intel-powered models. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 also includes an integrated high quality, high performance modem, so the newer generation laptop can relatively easily offer LTE connectivity. Qualcomm modems are better than Intel modems. The PCMag website has already previewed the Snapdragon 835-powered HP Envy x2 and found it to be a snappy performer running the Microsoft Edge browser, but we will have to wait until early 2018 before we can know for sure how well this particular laptop, and its competitors, perform.
We are also seeing Chromebook manufacturers look to power new models with ARM rather than Intel chipsets, because Chrome OS is moving to support Android applications, which run better on the ARM chipset rather than the Intel chipset. Given Intel’s attempts to choke innovation, this doesn’t seem such a bad idea.
SOURCE [Phone Radar]