HP has revealed one of the first 2-in-1 Windows 10 laptops with ARM architecture at the Snapdragon Tech Summit. Qualcomm and Microsoft announced that HP would be among the first to launch a Windows 10 ARM PC with Snapdragon 835 CPU at Computex 2017. Now Qualcomm, HP, ASUS and Microsoft have shown off the new breed of Always Connected PCs for the first time.
The new breed of Always Connected Windows 10 laptops are the first based on Snapdragon 835 processors. Snapdragon CPUs were once just processors for mobile phones, but Qualcomm’s partnership with Microsoft has expanded the ARM architecture to hybrid Windows 10 laptops for the first time.
The big idea is that the new ARM architecture will give the Snapdragon laptops longer-lasting batteries that can go up to 20-30 hours without a recharge. Microsoft’s Mr. Megson stated, “Once you start using this new category of PCs that are instantly on, always connected with a week of battery life and the full Windows 10 experience, you can really feel what a big shift this will be for consumers”
The Envy x2 is one of first ARM Windows 10 laptops that HP unveiled at the Snapdragon Tech Summit. The other ARM Windows 10 PC showcased at the summit was the ASUS NovaGo. Both the x2 and NovaGo are hybrid 2-in-1 one laptops and tablets, and you can detach the x2’s keyboard to switch to the tablet.
The HP Envy x2 is a sleek and lightweight tablet. The laptop comes with a keyboard cover case that also acts as backstand. Overall, the x2 has a clean and sharp chassis design that’s comparable to HP’s Spectre line of laptops.
Of course, the Envy x2 has a Snapdragon 835 processor much the same as many Android handsets. With regard to its other specifications, x2 includes eight GB RAM and 256 GB storage. The x2 has a 12.3-inch display with 1920 x 1280 resolution, which eclipses the NovaGo’s 1920 x 1080 resolution. Plus it also incorporates 13 megapixel and five megapixel back and front cameras.
Another thing to note about the HP Envy x2 is that it comes with Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S doesn’t run full desktop apps that aren’t in the Microsoft Store. However, the x2 is upgradeable to Windows 10 Pro. There’s also a Win 10 Pro upgrade offer for Windows 10 S until March 31, 2018.
It remains unclear what the RRP will be for the Envy x2. However, the NovaGo will be available at $599. As such, the x2 will probably have a similar RRP to that laptop.
HP will launch the Envy x2 in spring 2018. Overall, it isn’t an especially high specification laptop. However, with an expected 20-hour battery and X16 modem the x2 will have a durable battery and great connectivity.