18 September 2017
Qualcomm has announced that world's first Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 PC is coming soon. The announcement was made at IFA 2017 in Berlin which is more like a reassurance of the promise made by both Qualcomm and Microsoft earlier this year. These will be a Windows 10 ARM-based PCs and are expected to arrive by the end of the year.
While exact details regarding these Windows 10 PCs are unknown, these are said to offer always-on LTE connectivity and a longer battery life. These are also said to offer a thin and lightweight profile which would make it easier to carry them around. As it is a known fact that Snapdragon 835 chipset was actually designed by keeping mobile phones in mind, users can expect similar user experience on PCs as well.
As for the pricing, it will be varying depending on the OEM releasing such a PC. Microsoft's offering is expected to be the costliest and as for third-party OEMs like HP and Asus, they are said to bring affordable releases. This is similar to what we see with traditional Windows 10 PCs and laptops where Microsoft launches the premium product while other OEMs mostly rely on affordable launches.
During the event, Qualcomm said, “Stay tuned to learn more about how Windows PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform are delivering breakthrough user experiences.”
Qualcomm is said to be partnering with Microsoft for Windows 10 PCs in an attempt to put a break on Intel's dominance in the PC chipset market. And to know if it will succeed in its goal or even if it will be able to offer a good user experience on PCs, we will have to wait until the end of the year to see what exactly it will bring to the table.