Qualcomm announces Partnership with Asus, HP, and Lenovo

Alain Brian
Juin 1, 2017

In fact, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, typically reserved for smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, will power the new Windows 10 computers and will offer constant connectivity. Qualcomm announced today that it has partnered with three different PC manufacturers to bring the Snaprdragon 835 to their machines. The concept sounds great, but none of these were on display in Taiwan and for now the companies are offering no details on the devices. Qualcomm claims its chips offer several benefits, including solutions for the two biggest problems when it comes to laptops, notes PC Advisor. The company's Snapdragon 835 will be the platform for the upcoming Windows 10 PCs. The built-in LTE, 4x-5x (claimed) standy time and 50% more battery life (again, claimed) are very welcome, too. Qualcomm is predicting "beyond all-day battery life". Finally, the highly-integrated mobile SoC reduces board area by almost a third, which means the OEMs can get more creative with designs. That said, Qualcomm did hint earlier this year that Snapdragon-based laptops are going to be available in stores by the end of the year. With Windows RT, people were severely limited by what they could run, as many developers didn't want to spend time porting their apps for unknown successes.

Qualcomm's efforts right now aren't created to surpass Intel's endeavours in all areas of Windows 10 computing but its technology offers notable advantages when it comes to portable productivity machines including laptops, 2-in-1s, convertibles and even Windows-based tablets.

A fundamental reason as to why Windows RT came into existence was the inoperability of mobile hardware (ARM architecture) and full Windows software.

"The PC ecosystem continues to evolve, and this evolution requires new innovations in an ever-increasing mobile computing world", said Jerry Shen, chief executive officer, ASUS said in the Qualcomm press release.

The company says that the OEMs will be able to build fanless Windows PCs without compromising much on the performance.

PCs with built-in mobile transceivers have been around for ages, so what's actually new here? Microsoft has also signed up numerous global carrier partners to support its vision for "seamless eSIM connectivity", including Vodafone, AT&T, T-Mobile, and BT/EE.

At Computex 2017, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced the next step in Windows 10 on ARM journey.

And maybe more importantly, Qualcomm still needs to prove that this Snapdragon + Windows 10 combination is a good idea. Intel also unveiled a number of Intel-based Always Connected Windows 10 PCs from Dell, HP, Acer, Huawei, MSI, and Lenovo. This means that laptops running under this brand will ship with 4G LTE connectivity so they're always online.

The timing may finally be right for the Always Connected PC.

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