Hands on: Asus NovaGo review

by Dominic Parks December 6, 2017, 0:35
Hands on: Asus NovaGo review

It promises to provide better power efficiencies, reliable performance, and always-on connectivity compared to the x86 Intel-based computers that have existed so far.

Today, Qualcomm is holding an event in Hawaii, where the company took the stage alongside new partners like Microsoft, ASUS, and HP. The Envy x2 will also support an active stylus that is Windows Ink certified for activities such as note-taking and illustration. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. 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.

Built upon the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Envy x2 will be available in configurations featuring up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage.

This was all we were told about the processor today, along with the implication that it would be released next year, because of course it will.

In a blog post about the new PCs, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson described the arrival of Always Connected PCs as an important technological progression, on par with the original laptop, virtual reality and cloud computing.

The combination of Windows 10 and Snapdragon aims to offer various things including awesome battery life, performance and connectivity.

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Qualcomm's future of the always-connected PC will see true all-day battery life, totally new designs of machines, and an operating system that boasts over 600 million users: Windows 10.

Like the NovaGo, HP offers up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage but the base price will get you a lower spec model.

If you want a bit more grunt and storage space, you can bump up the budget to $799 USA for the 8GB model of Asus NovaGo, complete with 256GB of storage. Qualcomm says that devices running the just-announced Snapdragon 845 processor and X20 modem will arrive next year.

The laptop will run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and, in the most exciting of developments, battery life is promised to be huge.

We expect to hear more about the Snapdragon 845 tomorrow, so stay tuned for more.

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