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.
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.