At the Qualcomm 5G summit in Hong Kong last week, we learned about the new upcoming Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon 835 SoCs. The Qualcomm 5G summit is hosted every year by Qualcomm, a 3-day event where various manufacturers and technology companies come to showcase their new products.
A year ago, Microsoft showed off Windows 10 running on a Snapdragon 820. It was shown that any application will run through an emulated Win32 layer so that you can expect the exact same experience from your Snapdragon-powered Windows laptop as you would expect from a “normal” SoC. Since then we haven’t heard much until now that is.
First things first, Microsoft and Qualcomm are keeping to their original plan of releasing in December 2017. This is good news, as the disappearance of the planned collaboration has left interested buyers in the dark. As regards the rest of the conference, Trusted Reviews learned a lot about the upcoming devices.
At the Qualcomm 5G conference, Microsoft was there to give some information about their upcoming new devices. Firstly, they’ve upgraded to the next generation of Snapdragon chips – the Snapdragon 835. This means that the devices will benefit from the performance improvements and power efficiency gains, increasing battery life. What’s more, Microsoft claim that these “hundreds of devices” that they have tested on have actually exceeded their expectations in terms of battery life. Originally the bar was set high, however, the devices are claimed to have “multi-day” battery life.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10
Microsoft is also looking forward to the future, not backward. For now, the only models available to buy will run a Snapdragon 835, with no plans for older SoCs. This means for now we will not see a Snapdragon 820 Windows 10 device. It makes sense and isn’t much of a surprise. They are working on partnerships with many OEMs, and the hope is to see many different branded laptops running Windows 10 and Qualcomm’s SoCs. It’s a lot easier to coordinate such a launch with only one SoC.
And working towards the future means that Microsoft is also looking into embedded SIM (eSIM) technology, meaning you may buy your laptop through a carrier and with it may come to some sort of a mobile data package.
What do you think? Will you be buying one of these laptops? Let us know in the comments!
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