The Snapdragon 835 is moving onto its next target: always connected PCs, first with the $599 ASUS NovaGo. Having found its way into more than 120 mobile devices since it launched last year, Qualcomm's chipset is now looking to larger form-factors, along with a tight partnership with Microsoft. That means Windows 10 on laptops, 2-in-1s, and tablets that have significantly longer battery life than any Intel or AMD-powered machine.
In just a few short days, Qualcomm is widely expected to unveil the Snapdragon 845 at its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. Though we can already expect to see a number of flagship phones sporting the 845 before long, Qualcomm might have another customer looking at some different applications for the new SoC. As it turns out, it may not be long before we see Windows 10 devices using Snapdragon 845 processors.
It might be a little difficult to remember a time when you didn't have tabs in your internet browser, but back when they first started rolling out, the idea seemed so brilliantly simple. For too long, though, that kind of handy functionality has been limited to just internet browsers, but Microsoft is about to change all of that. Today the company announced a new Windows 10 feature called "Sets," and it could very well change the way you use the apps installed on your PC.
There is a certain feel to pen and paper that still can’t be faithfully replicated even with a stylus on a tablet. At the same time, even the staunchest physical notebook believer will be hard pressed to deny the benefits of going digital. Famed notebook maker Moleskine has tried to bridge the divide with its Smart Writing System, which only holds true if you’re on Android or iOS. Soon, however, even users of Windows 10 devices will get to enjoy the hybrid world when the Moleskine Notes App finally lands for the PC platform.
When it announced its Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon 835, thrust late last year, Microsoft emphasized power efficiency as the primary selling point. What it might not have disclosed is that those savings in battery life might come at the cost of a significant hit in performance. Following last week’s revelation of a now deleted Geekbench entry comes one that drags ASUS’ name into the news. Sadly, this Windows 10 on ARM sighting might be the worst we’ve seen so far.
Over the past few weeks we've been testing the Gigabyte Aero 15X gaming notebook. This is one of the newest in new gaming notebooks - as such, it is not part of the "massive performance means massive hardware" families of the past. This machine also boasts a few other features that make it unique - like long battery life, a highly decent display (with TINY bezels) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics inside.
It almost feels like there’s nothing that can be done for the 2-in-1 tablet form factor started by ASUS and then popularized by the Microsoft Surface Pro. After all, how much can you cram inside such a thin space without making it as unwieldy as a laptop? In two weeks, Finland-based Eve Tech will be proving the industry wrong by finally selling the Eve V computer to the public, challenging the status quo, not to mention the Surface Pro, not just in features but also in the way products can be made.
Chuwi has been boldly pitting its products against some of the biggest tech companies in both name and design. The SurBook faced off with the Microsoft Surface Pro and the LapBook Air against the Apple MacBook Air. The CoreBook, the company’s latest baby, probably won’t ring any bell. But the moment you look at it, you’ll most likely get the idea. The Chuwi CoreBook is practically what you’ll get if you took an iPad Pro and put Windows 10 on it. And that might be a good thing.
If you were crafting a recipe for the perfect performance notebook, the Surface Book 2 15-inch wouldn't be a bad place to start. Microsoft's move to "lead by example" in Windows 10 laptops still wows, with its detachable screen and crisp, premium hardware, even two years after its original debut. Still, for all its battery life and design cred, the Surface Book wasn't perfect. Embracing USB-C, a larger 15-inch screen, and some of the beefiest specifications this side of a gaming PC, the Surface Book 2 sets out to give Apple some nightmares.
Microsoft has made it no secret that it will put Windows 10 on ARM devices, specifically on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. It has, however, denied that will take the form of a smartphone as some have hoped for. Which is probably all for the best, if this sighting on Geekbench is any indicator. While it is, perhaps, impressive that we are able to see figures for Windows 10 running on a Snapdragon 835 board at all, the scores it yielded are way below what you’d expect from the processor, at least compared to Android running on the same chip.
One of the good things about Microsoft’s new “Windows as a Service” thrust is that you don’t have to wait for ages before you can get your hands on significant new features. Sure, you might have to wait a year or even just half for the next Windows 10 update, but that’s still lots faster than previous Windows versions. The Fall Creators Update was just released a month ago and fans will probably already be looking forward to the next one, which brings offline file sharing and more functionality to the Edge web browser.