Tuesday February 28, 2017

Qualcomm Details Plans for Windows 10 PCs with Snapdragon 835 Chips

Initial efforts to bring ARM to the PC were disastrous, but Microsoft and Qualcomm is trying again with "cellular PCs," which will essentially be Windows 10 computers powered by Snapdragon 835 chips. This should be a far more legitimate and successful undertaking, as these devices can run any and all Windows programsآ—not just "Store" apps, a limitation that killed RT. I am curious to see how they do with battery life.

Late last year, Microsoft and Qualcomm introduced the concept of cellular PCs, which are thin-and-light laptops with LTE connectivity. The Snapdragon 835 will be installed in those PCs. The chip offers the latest technologies like Bluetooth 5 and a gigabit modem. The devices are being made with smartphones as models. The devices will have long battery life and remain always connected to the Internet. The first Windows 10 PCs with Snapdragon 835 will come later this year. The cellular PCs will be priced at a "sweet spot," Kressin said. They won’t be extremely low-cost, but they also won’t be too expensive, he said.

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