Windows with no hint of x86
Qualcomm has dropped a huge hint that we will see ARM based PCs in the shops in the fourth quarter.
Qualcomm said the first cellular laptop with Windows 10 and its ARM-based Snapdragon 835 will come by the end of the year.
Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 835 will expanding into mobile PC designs running Windows 10,” and it’s scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter.
Apparently Qualcomm and Microsoft are flat out getting ARM-based Windows 10 PCs to work. If they pull it off you should get a thin-and-light device could be used as a tablet or laptop.
Most of the design cues will come from smartphones and is being dubbed a cellular PC by Qualcomm and Microsoft.
The device will always be connected to a cellular network with a high-speed modem, much like a smartphone. It will have other wireless connectivity features like Bluetooth 5 and possibly Wi-Gig, which are integrated into the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
The cellular PC could also have a long battery life, considering Snapdragon 835 was designed for smartphones. It will be 4K video capable with a powerful Adreno 540 GPU in the Snapdragon 835.
So far bo major PC maker has yet announced an ARM-based Windows PC and we are not expecting to see a flood of the beasts. Suppliers will be cautious because ARM based Windows PCs have not worked well. Windows RT tablets were somewhat mocked.
Dell and HP have expressed interest in cellular PCs but need time to test them. HP wants to see if there’s enough demand for such a device before making a decision.
Microsoft has shown demonstrated Photoshop running on Snapdragon 835 but it is not clear how much other software will be out there.
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