We’ll finally get to experience Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm chip with multi-day battery life.
The road to 2-in-1 laptops running Windows 10 on an ARM processor has been a long one. Qualcomm first started talking about “real Windows on ARM” back in 2016. Then we thought the first devices would appear before the end of 2017, but while announcements were made, real hardware didn’t arrive. However, today we have a definite release window.
Qualcomm, whose Snapdragon 835 will be at the heart of these Windows on ARM laptops, announced today that “Snapdragon powered Always Connected PCs” will be available to purchase “beginning this calendar quarter.” In other words, you’ll be able to go buy one before the end of March.
Hardware will be made available across the US, Australia, China, Italy, France, and the UK to begin with. In the US, both Amazon and Microsoft Stores will stock them. In terms of what devices will be available, I expect to see the HP Envy X2, Lenovo Miix 630, and Asus NovaGo to put in an appearance.
As to whether you should you go out and buy a Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop, the jury is still out. It’s always best to be cautious with first-generation hardware for a new platform, but the features are compelling. 20+ hours of battery life and an LTE modem as standard are very tempting. You’re also getting a near identical x86 Windows 10 experience, but there are limitations.
If you live near a Microsoft Store then it’s certainly worth a visit to check out these laptops when they arrive. There’s also sure to be no end of reviews to read through once hardware is available. For now, you can read our preview coverage of the HP Envy X2 and Asus NovaGo.