Hands on: Asus NovaGo review

06 December, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Qualcomm takes aim at Intel in PC processors

Partners Asus and HP announced the first Windows 10 devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets: the Asus NovaGo and the HP ENVY x2. Qualcomm is pairing the 845 with its X20 LTE modem, which enables more and better LTE-Advanced technologies as part of the unending search for better mobile signal.

On the hardware front, it is powered by Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC, which is built on 10nm process. Asus says that the NovaGo is the company's ultra-sleek and lightweight laptop, and it features instant on and resume feature.

We're also expecting some strong battery life, if Asus' boasts are on the money. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation.

The combination of Windows 10 and Snapdragon aims to offer various things including unbelievable battery life, performance and connectivity.




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. The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD will be available for $599, the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $799. ENVY x2 is incredibly thin, light, durable and of course always connected, the HP ENVY x2 offers lightning-fast 4G LTE2 and Wi-Fi. Additionally, these type of PCs can run either Windows 10 or Windows 10 S: the first models from Asus and HP will actually run the more secure Windows 10 S out of the box, but customers will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free for a limited time. With up to 20 hours of active use battery life, the detachable PC provides flexibility and connectivity to perform daily tasks while on the go. Both devices will ship with Windows 10S, but ASUS and HP are offering free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro before September 30, 2018.

Asus also launched the higher-end variant of the Asus NovaGo laptop featuring 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.

All the promises that are made by the two tech giants are an indication of great future for innovation in the tech industry.

But what's really special about Always Connected PCs is that they're ARM-based, just like most Android smartphones.

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