Before the end of 2016, Microsoft and Qualcomm demoed a version of Windows 10 working on a Snapdragon 820 SoC. Immediately after that, the software giant announced that it is currently working on porting the said desktop operating system to a Snapdragon 835 chip.
A few months after that, Microsoft demoed a Snapdragon 835-powered tablet device running Windows 10. While at the time, Microsoft did not clearly say that it is working on an ARM-based device, the news today begs to differ.
At the second day of the Computex 2017 event in Taiwan, Microsoft has announced that it is working closely with three OEMs to produce the first ARM-based mobile PC. These mobile PCs will sport Qualcomm’s latest ARM SoC, the Snapdragon 835. The manufacturers involved are HP, ASUS, and Lenovo.
Another major feature of the said mobile PC is the support for mobile LTE standard. This feature is not very common with current Windows 10 laptops or notebooks. Furthermore, since the device in question is powered by a Snapdragon 835, it will also feature energy efficiency that is unique to ARM architecture.
In terms of software, just as with the first demo, Microsoft will be providing an emulation application. This application will enable users to run standard desktop or x86 programs like Adobe Photoshop.
Unfortunately, Microsoft did not specify the supposed release of the ARM-powered mobile PC. Nevertheless, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf mentioned previously that they might not come this year. Instead, Qualcomm feels that these devices will make their debut sometime in the early 2018.
That said, it is still too soon to speculate how these devices might perform in real life. However, judging by the demo that Microsoft did a few months back, it seems like it will be quite an interesting product after all. For more updates on Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 mobile PCs, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.