Qualcomm and Microsoft bring on Always Connected PCs with ASUS NovaGo

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Just like Microsoft's "Always Connected PC, ' the Asus NovaGo is also powered by Qualcomm " s Snapdragon mobile platform and runs on Windows 10 OS.

On the hardware front, it is powered by Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC, which is built on 10nm process. The main USP of the device is the promise of all-day computing.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts.

However, no pricing was announced so we're hoping that HP can keep the starting price similar to the Asus NovaGo - the other device with Snapdragon - which starts at $599.

As a result, first impressions from the new devices aren't hugely different from any other Windows 10 device. Still, it's pretty thin and light.

There are plenty of Microsoft Surface rivals - or clones if you like - out there and the HP Envy x2 is now another one.

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If you want a bit more grunt and storage space, you can bump up the budget to $799 United States for the 8GB model of Asus NovaGo, complete with 256GB of storage. The NovaGo can be similarly equipped with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but its fixed display is a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel panel. The Envy relies entirely on USB Type-C ports for its input and output, while the Asus has full-size USB Type-A ports and an HDMI port.

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. It also says that the built-in LTE connectivity will provide significantly faster speeds than other now available LTE-equipped Windows 10 computers.

While processor-intensive applications are liable to suffer a significant performance hit from this emulation - Photoshop will work in the emulator, but it won't be very fast - applications that spend a substantial amount of time waiting around for the user - such as Word - should perform with adequate performance.

Qualcomm set its sights on the Windows market late a year ago when it announced that its Snapdragon 835 SoC processor would find its way into Asus, HP, and Lenovo Windows 10 devices featuring "Always On" connectivity.

More details are to come in a press junket, including the release timeframe.

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