Along with our hardware partners HP and Asus, we showed the world the first full featured Always Connected PCs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running Windows 10 and a new, optimized version of Office 365. The Envy X2 is very similar to numerous Surface Pro types of computers that already exist, while the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop. Qualcomm's flagship CPU, which is commonly found in high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, is powering a Windows PC for the first time ever. Two highlights in terms of performance are battery life and connectivity. Qualcomm didn't disclose how much faster the Snapdragon 845 would be relative to this year's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835, but that chip was significantly faster than its predecessor when we tested it at the start of 2017 while consuming less power.
Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts. ASUS will offer the device for $599 ($799 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage) first in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Mainland China and Taiwan, and is working with T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon to offer the NovaGo.
The new Envy x2 is nearly unrecognizable compared with its brushed-aluminum ancestor, which featured all-day battery life but a painfully slow Intel Atom processor when it debuted in 2013.
Qualcomm's next mobile chip isn't available yet, but it already has a big-name customer: Xiaomi. Always connected to a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use.
Qualcomm announces latest Snapdragon 845 processor
Connectivity is next up and a necessary upgrade to make a laptop more like a smartphone. The machine will come with Windows 10 S pre-installed and will only run applications from Microsoft's Windows Store. However, connectivity on the NovaGo includes 2x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, as well as an HDMI Port and Micro-SD card slot for memory expansion allowing for more options than the HP Envy x2.
An entry-level spec will get you 4GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.0 storage.
There's no word yet on the pricing or availability for the Asus NovaGo, but HP said that the Envy x2 would be arriving in the United Kingdom in February, starting at £999 with a keyboard and active pen included. The Envy x2 will also support an active stylus that is Windows Ink certified for activities such as note-taking and illustration.