As expected Microsoft has finally announced their partnership with OEM’s for building the ARM-based Windows PC’s at the ongoing Computex. The PC’s will be employing a Snapdragon 835 and it is expected to be much more agile, efficient along with capabilities to better capabilities to handle the thermal dissipation. Microsoft will mostly be targeting the Hybrids, Ultrabooks and the Notebooks all of which score high on the portability front.
On the connectivity front, the Snapdragon 835 is already a better bet since it comes equipped with X16 LTE modem which supports gigabit speeds. The Snapdragon X16 modem is built using a 14nm FinFET process. This makes it capable of delivering upload and download speeds of up to 1Gbps and 150Mbps respectively.
As per the announcement at Computex Microsoft will be joining hands with ASUS, HP, Vaio, Xiaomi and Lenovo in order to build the ARM-based Windows PCs. All of the devices will run on Windows 10 and will always be connected to LTE. The advantage of an ARM-based Windows 10 PC is huge since it will allow users to run Win32 applications like the Adobe Photoshop, something the Chrome OS-powered laptops currently lack. It’s still unclear on whether Microsoft will stick with Windows 10 or will opt for the much lighter Windows 10 S.
The legacy computing model no longer works for today’s consumers, who don’t want heavy, tethered-to-a-power-cable laptops with a frustrating number of accessories, with compatibility for the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation device form factors and deliver unparalleled anytime, anywhere creation experiences with up to gigabit-class LTE connectivity.- Cristiano Amon, VP-president of Qualcomm
These PC’s with cellular connectivity are bound to change the way we use legacy apps. For instance, a mid-range laptop powered by Snapdragon 835 and with Windows 10 could end up proving to be a better convertible as opposed to the premium segment. This also reminds me of a demo video by Microsoft that showcased how the Snapdragon-based device fares while running actual legacy applications.