Qualcomm announces latest Snapdragon 845 processor

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Qualcomm reserved about 10 minutes to the unveiling of its new Snapdragon 845 chipset at the Tech Summit that kicked off early today. To further that vision, HP's Kevin Frost took the stage to introduce the company's upcoming Snapdragon 835-powered Envy x2 convertible.

The company says the 845 features "billions" of transistors and took three years to build. Qualcomm will be pairing it with its X20 LTE modem, which allows for gigabit speeds if a wireless network allows it. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation.

The big unknowns at this point, other than whether or not HP's battery life claims hold up to our own lab tests, is how the Snapdragon chip will stack up performance- and price-wise compared with competing Intel-powered PCs.

Being an always connected PC, the laptop comes with up to 22 hours of video playback on a single charge, and over 30 days standby.

Microsoft characterized the Asus NovaGo as the world's first gigabit LTE laptop, with the ability to download a two-hour movie in 10 seconds. Asus has already revealed that prices will start at just $599 USA for the base model, which includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. The Envy X2 is one of the first of a category of laptop to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip for Windows PCs.

The ASUS NovaGo, however, features a more traditional thin-and-light notebook design with a 360-degree hinge.

"We are again at the beginning of another major technology shift: the ability to be connected anytime, anywhere with Always Connected PCs that are instantly on, always connected with incredible battery life". The NovaGo can be similarly equipped with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but its fixed display is a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel panel. The device runs Windows 10 S out of the box, you will however able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

HP didn't provide pricing on the new Envy x2 but they did have a release window of spring 2018.

  • Joey Payne