Qualcomm is Finally Breaking into the Windows 10 PC Segment with an Always Connected PC

December 8, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Much has been said about Qualcomm’s entry into the Windows PC segment, specifically since Windows unveiled the Windows 10 S OS for the ARM architecture. The wait has finally come to an end at the Snapdragon Technology Summit, where Qualcomm jointly announced the introduction of new PCs called Always Connected PCs with Microsoft.

The term Always Connected signifies better battery backup with the use of low-powered ARM processors. Instead of packing an Intel/AMD processor, the AC PCs will have the ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processor running at its heart, offering performance close to the traditional x86 processors from the former companies.

The new PCs will be running the Windows 10 S OS, which a well-refined version that additionally offers emulation software to run the traditional 32-bit Windows applications. Getting everything run through emulation could hinder the overall performance of the respective apps. But Microsoft says that the software optimizations will help overcome this issue. Additionally, it also says that lack of any thermal limitations might also make some work app better with the Qualcomm SoCs.

Unlike the Surface RT, Microsoft’s first attempt with an ARM processor that came directly under the company’s branding, the new AC PCs wis being brought out to the market with the help of manufacturing partners. The batch now includes Asus, HP, and Lenovo, with Asus NovaGo expected to be the first to hit the market.

The initial batch of the new ARM-based PCs will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. However, Qualcomm will promote the devices with the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC at a later stage, probably before the end of next year.

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