Xiaomi's next flagship will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip

Xiaomi's next flagship will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip

Xiaomi's next flagship will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip

To further that vision, HP's Kevin Frost took the stage to introduce the company's upcoming Snapdragon 835-powered Envy x2 convertible. Microsoft's Terry Myerson came on stage today to briefly talk about these Windows 10 on ARM PCs, he later detailed the benefits of this new platform via a post on the Windows Experience Blog. HP is promising to eke more than 20 hours out of the chip without a charge, and what's more, the Envy x2 and other Snapdragon-powered machines are created to deliver that kind of battery life even though they're always on and come with LTE built in.

The Snapdragon 845 will likely feature in the big phones of 2018, but as of yet we're not exactly sure what's new.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts.

At just 1.54 pounds, the HP Envy x2, which is the company's latest Surface clone, is lighter even than the 12-inch MacBook (2016), which weighs a mere 2 pounds. ASUS will offer the device for $599 ($799 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage) first in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Mainland China and Taiwan, and is working with T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon to offer the NovaGo. These machines run full Windows 10 - so not some crippled Windows RT nonsense - and support 32bit x86 applications. The Envy relies entirely on USB Type-C ports for its input and output, while the Asus has full-size USB Type-A ports and an HDMI port.

One of the surprises at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit was the presence of AMD.

The real differences with these computers will be felt once we've gotten a chance to use these computers in an everyday scenario. It also says that the built-in LTE connectivity will provide significantly faster speeds than other now available LTE-equipped Windows 10 computers.

This first wave of Windows 10 ARM laptops are powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor and have the X16 LTE modem for connectivity. Qualcomm says that devices running the just-announced Snapdragon 845 processor and X20 modem will arrive next year.

More technical details of the chip are coming tomorrow, but we know that the chip is based on a 10nm process, like last year's 835. Stay tuned for more.

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