This HP convertible laptop will last 20 hours off one charge

Joanna Estrada
December 5, 2017

Terry Myerson, Windows and Devices Group Executive Vice President, shares his personal experience with Always Connected PCs at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit.

A year ago, Microsoft announced it was working with its PC partners to bring Windows 10 to Qualcomm's ARM processors.

Asus is describing the 13.3-inch NovaGo (TP370) as the world's first Gigabit LTE-capable laptop.

The Asus NovaGo was also revealed, a ZenBook-ish affair built around the Snapdragon 835. It's paired with up to 256GB of flash storage and 8GB of RAM, which should be enough for some heavy web browsing sessions.

First fruits: One of the first such PCs will be the Nova Go from Asus, a 2-in-1 laptop that starts at $599, with other models coming from HP and others. The Envy x2 will also support an active stylus that is Windows Ink certified for activities such as note-taking and illustration. Anywhere your phone has data, your PC is also connected. Microsoft and PC makers Asus and HP showed off new PCs running Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835 at the event.

The forthcoming HP Envy x2 with a Snapdragon processor
The forthcoming HP Envy x2 with a Snapdragon processor

Battery life that lasts days means you can charge your PC as little as once a week, and not have to carry around power cords.

HP and Asus will ship their Always Connected devices with Windows 10S preinstalled, but will give users the option of moving to Windows 10 Pro for free for a limited period of time. There's also promises of connectivity that untethers, and up to a week, and 1-month of standby time of battery life on these devices. Qualcomm and Microsoft together hope that this family of thin, light, Windows 10 device will reverse those fortunes. For now, apps that are only 64-bit (think high-end games) or those that use what are known as kernel mode drivers (think third-party antivirus software) won't run on the Qualcomm-powered machines.

At first, Always Connected PCs will be aimed primarily at the mass consumer market, but Microsoft sees a lot of potential for enterprise as well.

Windows PCs with multi-day battery life soon may no longer be just a pipe dream. The Always Connected PC is real security progress enabling safe connectivity everywhere, bypassing untrusted networks. Using Windows 10 Pro lets customers run older Windows apps, which will run in an emulation layer.

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