AMD Always Connected PCs will include Qualcomm modems

HP ENVY x2

Here's what you need to know about the Asus NovGo. The main USP of the device is the promise of all-day computing. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation.

Although the NovaGo has been announced, there's no word as to when it will arrive in the shops.

The first Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptop is here and it's coming out of Taiwan. No UK prices were announced at the conference but a USA price of $599 for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and $799 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB look very reasonable indeed. A higher spec model will go on sale for $799. At the launch, three designs were briefly announced from HP, Acer, and Lenovo, from which the HP Envy x360 with the Ryzen 5 2500U is now available for sale (we're awaiting our review sample).

We expect further details to head the bill at tomorrows Qualcomm Tech Summit keynote, but for now we have no further information on the chip, other than it will be manufacturered by Samsung, just like the Snapdragon 835. This is despite Qualcomm announcing its predecessor, the Snapdragon 845 at the same conference.

ASUS NovaGo
AMD Always Connected PCs will include Qualcomm modems

Besides an always-on PC and vast battery life, one of the other benefits of a Snapdragon processor is that no cooling fan is required, so the Envy x2 will always be free of annoying fan noise. The Envy x2 is, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, a 2-in-1 detachable with a removable keyboard cover with built in hinge, measuring 6.9mm thin, and promising 20-hour battery life. Always connected to a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use. The Envy has a similarly sized 12-inch display, though its 1,920 x 1,280 resolution isn't as sharp as the MacBook, and to be fair the Envy is more of a tablet convertible while the Macbook is a more traditional laptop.

Equipping a laptop with mobile connectivity is not necessarily new - Intel has been doing it for years with their own modems (such as the XMM7260 and XMM7360), mostly in business end devices or Chromebooks. It's also possible via eSIM or Nano SIM with the former dependant on market.

Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that promise. However, you'll be able to get a model with 8/256GB for an extra $200.

It is compatible with Windows Ink styluses, Windows Hello authentication as well as Cortana.

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