Microsoft and Qualcomm promise once/week charging for Always Connected Windows 10 PCs

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Microsoft and Qualcomm promise once/week charging for Always Connected Windows 10 PCs

Lenovo is also working on its own Always Connected PC, but the company isn't yet ready to share details. Microsoft and Qualcomm insist they have learned their lesson and this new crop of machines is capable of running full Windows as well as most existing programs.

Asus promises 22-hour battery life (video playback) and 30 days of standby time, while offering Gigabit LTE via 4x carrier aggregation.

Built upon the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Envy x2 will be available in configurations featuring up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage.

First fruits: One of the first such PCs will be the Nova Go from Asus, a 2-in-1 laptop that starts at $599, with other models coming from HP and others.

Microsoft and Qualcomm promise once/week charging for Always Connected Windows 10 PCs
Microsoft and Qualcomm promise once/week charging for Always Connected Windows 10 PCs

These so-called "always connected" PCs have an integrated LTE radio integrated in the Snapdragon 835, meaning you're not reliant on having to hunt for Wi-Fi when you're out and about. We're talking 20 hours of battery life, rather than 8; devices that turn on as fast as an iPad, rather than taking 20 seconds to resume from sleep; and always-on LTE connectivity that doesn't drain your battery life.

In a significant shift in how Microsoft and partners will be positioning these new devices, the branding "Always Connected" will be used to refer to devices running Windows 10 on ARM.

Both of these devices will come preinstalled with Windows 10 S but will allow for a one-time upgrade to a full Windows 10 license which will allow users to install non-Windows store applications.

Long battery life isn't the only benefit of what's being called an always-connected PC. Matt Barlow, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices told me, however, that Windows 10 on ARM is completely recompiled for Qualcomm's hardware, and numerous apps - including an optimized version of Office 365 - are very responsive and quick. The Snapdragon 845 will likely be found in many high-end Android phones in 2018, though it is also expected to make its way to Windows 10 laptops as well. The Always Connected PC is real security progress enabling safe connectivity everywhere, bypassing untrusted networks. This is a huge deal for a number of geeky tech reasons, but there's one huge takeaway for anyone who uses a PC: Battery life is about to get ridiculous. Using Windows 10 Pro lets customers run older Windows apps, which will run in an emulation layer.

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