The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm's next flagship processor

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This changes today as at an event, the companies have unveiled the first ARM-powered PCs from HP and Asus which will begin shipping next year.

Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson.

But if PCs running on ARM processors wasn't enough of a shot at Intel, AMD took to the stage next, announcing its own partnership with Qualcomm. They all support standard Windows 10 features, such as a touchscreen, Windows Hello, and pen input. One of the highlights was Always Connected PCs, a new Snapdragon-based platform for compact, modular 2-in-1 Windows PCs.

The chip will likely be found in other, non-Android devices as well, including Windows 10 PCs, among others.

The HP Envy x2 can be detached and turned into a tablet.

On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It has some edge over the Intel-powered laptops. The Snapdragon 835 SoC is complemented by up to 8 GB RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 2.0 storage.

The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm's next flagship processor

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.

The Envy x2, in keeping with Microsoft's always-connected PC vision, purportedly sports long battery life, almost instant wake times from a sleep state, and ubiquitous LTE connectivity.

No need to tether with a smartphone, and no need to deal with offline mode in documents as this always-connected Windows machine has a built-in eSIM, plus a battery that's capable of up to 22 hours of video playback.

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

We expect to hear more about the Snapdragon 845 tomorrow, so stay tuned for more.

Fortunately, Microsoft will also be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until the 30th September 2018, making Windows 10S more like training wheels than manacles.


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