These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops


These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops

It might look like so many laptops that have gone before it but the headline feature here, of course, is that the NovaGo runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. 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. That's a big get - Xiaomi's worked with Qualcomm for six years, and its more than 238 million smartphones pack Qualcomm processors of all ranges. The tech firms have jointly just about managed it by introducing the NovaGo.

Inside the NovaGo is Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon 835 - the same SoC that's in nearly every flagship Android smartphone this year.

Following Myserson on stage to put meat on the bones of the announcement, was Asus' Jerry Shen, announcing the Asus NovaGo - an ultraportable 2-in-1 convertible laptop running Windows 10.

As for the specs, Asus promised up to 22 hours of video playback and over 30 days of battery life when on standby. Retail prices start from US$599 for the 4 GB RAM/64 GB storage version and tops at US$799 for the 8 GB RAM/256 GB storage version. Both devices will ship with Windows 10S, but ASUS and HP are offering free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro before September 30, 2018. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The NovaGo's screen can't be detached, but it does rotate 360 degrees for tablet mode. They all support standard Windows 10 features, such as a touchscreen, Windows Hello, and pen input. We're talking 20 hours of battery life, rather than 8; devices that turn on as fast as an iPad, rather than taking 20 seconds to resume from sleep; and always-on LTE connectivity that doesn't drain your battery life. We'll be checking out the new ASUS laptop later today, so stay tuned for our hands-on impressions to find out if this is a device worth your time.