AMD Always Connected PCs will include Qualcomm modems

Yolanda Curtis
December 5, 2017

Qualcomm is launching its Windows 10 on ARM initiative at the summit, so AMD's surprising appearance to announce new capabilities with its x86 processors seemed somewhat out of place, but it is an important development.

Thankfully though, the HP Envy x2 has alleviated all of our concerns with its impeccably thin and ambitiously premium design.

The architecture of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors is fundamentally much more efficient than the x86 and x64 processor architectures that have traditionally powered Windows devices. The NovaGo offers up to 22 hours of battery life (video playback), up to 30 days of standby time, and comes with support for Windows Ink, Windows Hello, and Cortana.


The powerful processor will likely also drive always connected Windows 10 PCs and will hopefully offer better benchmarks that those leaked for existing devices so far.

The Envy x2, in keeping with Microsoft's always-connected PC vision, purportedly sports long battery life, almost instant wake times from a sleep state, and ubiquitous LTE connectivity. It has some edge over the Intel-powered laptops.

Tomorrow, we will learn significantly more about Qualcomm's newest chip and its capabilities, so stay tuned. Cortana. Two models will be available, a base with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage for $599 United States dollars, and a higher-end model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $799. Both devices will ship with Windows 10S, but ASUS and HP are offering free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro before September 30, 2018.


HP didn't provide any pricing information for the Envy x2, but it did say that customers can expect to buy it next spring.

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


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