Yes, it’s true. Qualcomm has finally revealed its first of its kind laptops, namely, a pair of 2-in-1s from HP and Asus.
To describe in details, HP’s laptop, the Envy x2, is a detachable 2-in-1 with a folio-style keyboard, found similar to that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro. Also, Asus’ device, the NovaGo, is a standard convertible. Prior to the publication of this news, as of now, no final prices or release dates have been confirmed, though HP is aiming for a spring 2018 launch.
Qualcomm has also further suggested that most of the laptops using its CPU would be found in some form of 2-in-1, as this is one of the fastest-growing device categories. The company had first announced that laptops would run on its CPU at Computex in Taipei earlier this year, allowing for “always-connected” PCs that would let the users the devices the way they would treat the smartphone. Representatives from the company said that they would constantly receive new data, even while in hibernation. For example, if using a desktop email client like Outlook, users should continue to get emails while the device sleeps, rather than downloading them all when the computer wakes up again.
However, these devices would not work not only on Wi-Fi but also on LTE. HP’s device has a slot for SIM cards, while Asus’ laptop has an embedded eSIM.
Further claims by Qualcomm state of the battery life of being a game-changing, and Microsoft also adds that users would measure real-world use in weeks rather than days or hours. Qualcomm had also promised that these Snapdragon-based laptops would last for 25 hours or more with mixed-used and standby i.e. a number that would be putting to the test when these machines would start to arrive in labs.
The HP Envy x2 has a 12.3-inch display, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS storage, as well as a stylus. HP is claiming up to 20 hours of battery life, with up to 700 in standby mode. The Asus NovaGo uses a 13.3-inch screen and has similar specs, with an estimated 22 hours of battery life and 30 days in modern standby.
Both these laptops come out of the box with Windows 10 S. HP Notes a “one-time option” to switch to Windows 10 Pro, and Asus offers a free upgrade prior to Sept. 30, 2018.
Qualcomm had also claimed that additionally, these laptops would stay incredibly cool. The company further suggests that its thermal advantage means lower temperatures that don’t choke the performances. Qualcomm also confirmed that the first wave of laptops would use UFS storage and would arrive with 4 or 8GB of RAM, priced something between $600 and $800.