The quest to add smartphone-like battery life to laptops may have just got a lot shorter with HP's unveiling of the new Envy x2, complete with a Snapdragon 835 processor. As well as being a bit nippy when you get online, the NovaGo promises some seriously good battery life, thanks to the Snapdragon's energy efficiency.
While you'll obviously have WiFi too, our expectation is that you're probably going to struggle to buy a NovaGo or ENVY x2 without activating a data connection at the same time. It's effectively a Snapdragon version of the Spectre x2.
USB connectivity is limited to two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports, but you can connect to an external display via an HDMI port. Asus also claimed the NovaGo has up to a 22-hour battery life (in use) and over 30 days of modern standby.
How much that will cost you every month is similarly unclear at this point.
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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. 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.
At its technology summit in Maui this afternoon, Qualcomm provided some additional details of the results of its partnership with Microsoft to bring Windows to the chipmaker's SoCs.
The HP Envy x2 will be available from Spring 2018 with no word yet as to pricing, but it looks like a promising device.
This was all we were told about the processor today, along with the implication that it would be released next year, because of course it will. Nonetheless, there are still some big questions lingering, that only real-world experience will settle one way or another.
Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson.
Can Windows on Snapdragon notebooks and 2-in-1s really deliver all that battery life without compromising on everyday performance? That may still be some way out, but it could have a huge impact on not only Intel and AMD's businesses, but that of other companies relying on their low-power chips, including Apple.