Qualcomm and Microsoft launched the first Windows 10 devices with ARM-based processors early this year. HP, Asus, and Lenovo are also expected to launch laptops and convertibles with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor in them, with prices expected to range from $600 to $800. Providing better power efficiencies, reliable performance, and always-on connectivity compared to the x86 Intel-based computers that have existed so far, Windows 10 on ARM is a reboot of Microsoft’s earlier attempts to marry mobile processors with full laptop experiences.
Contrary to popular belief, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don’t look hugely different from their Intel counterparts as they all support standard Windows 10 features, such as a touchscreen, Windows Hello, and pen input. While Asus’ NovaGo is a standard laptop that is visually indistinguishable from the rest of its lineup, HP Envy X2 looks just like the Spectre X2 detachable already available.
The key difference between an ARM-powered laptop and other variants lie in its battery life. Qualcomm boasts battery life of up to 25 hours, plus instant power on and performance that is on par with an Intel computer. The built-in LTE connectivity will provide significantly faster speeds than other currently available LTE-equipped Windows 10 computers. ARM computers aren’t noticeably thinner or lighter than others and many newer Intel computers are fanless as well. While the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop, the Envy X2 is very similar to many of the Surface Pro types of computers that already exist.
These high powered laptops are set to bring a revolution in the computer world. Like your mobiles, it will be possible to keep the laptop alive for long hours, thus reducing the hassle of plugging in every couple of hours.