We all know laptops and smartphones are two completely unique gadgets that run on completely different processors. But what if you combined elements of both these machines together? Apparently that’s what Microsoft and Qualcomm are planning to do. At the Computex 2017 a few days ago, the two electronics giants signed a partnership deal and announced the release of Windows 10 PCs powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
Windows PCs, or any other PC for that matter, has always run on special chipsets designed for computers, whether it is from Intel or AMD. Incorporating a Qualcomm processor chip is something we have never seen before and this could bring about a new line of revolutionized laptops and computers.
According to a call transcript posted by Seeking Alpha, CEO of the Qualcomm company, Steve Mollenkopf, spoke earlier about this new development and is quoted to have said: “Our Snapdragon 835 is expanding into mobile PC designs running Windows 10 and it is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter.”
Features of the Windows 10 PC on Snapdragon 835 chip
What does it mean to have a smartphone processor incorporated in a Windows 10 PC, one might ask. Well, we all know smartphones are a lot faster and offer a much better battery life than any laptop or computer. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors in the Windows 10 PCs could not only amp up the battery life of the Windows 10 PC but they might also make lighter laptops compatible with 4K video footage capable with the Adreno 540 GPU.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor chip also brings the BIGlittle architecture to Windows 10 which will basically allow the PC to handle multi-tasking at a lower power and less energy consumption, furthering the PC’s battery life.
As far as the connectivity is concerned, these new laptops will connect quickly and efficiently with a high-speed modem. These new Windows 10 PCs might also feature Bluetooth 5 and Gigabit X16 LTE which are originally in the Snapdragon 835 processor chip.
Manufacturers & Price of the Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835 chip
Currently, there is now news on what devices are coming out that will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in its Windows 10 software. However, HP, ASUS and Lenovo have confirmed they will be making these machines later this year. The price of the new laptops isn’t confirmed, obviously, but estimates range from US $400 to $700, making them mid-range computers.
It is obvious neither Microsoft nor Qualcomm plan to take on the more higher-end, powerful gaming laptops. The new Windows 10 PCs running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor chip might actually be for the average consumer. This does not mean incorporating the Snapdragon 835 processor chip in these laptops will compromise the function of a normal PC. The smartphone processor will be able to handle more demanding tasks like drones and VR.
Like smartphones, we can now expect our laptops to run equally fast and handle multi-tasking more efficiently. To put the cherry on top, the multiple connectivity options and the enormous battery life the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors might offer to the Windows 10 PCs is definitely something to look forward to.