Qualcomm announces latest Snapdragon 845 processor

Isaac Cain
December 6, 2017

"Today, at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, I stood with Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Chips, and we delivered on the promise that we made then".

The Snapdragon 845 will likely feature in the big phones of 2018, but as of yet we're not exactly sure what's new. The tech firms have jointly just about managed it by introducing the NovaGo.

Impressively, though, unlike the rest of the laptop and smartphone industry, the prices of these new machines will be very reasonable. "ASUS NovaGo reinvents the concept of laptop connectivity and productivity - it's the world's first announced laptop that is connected virtually anywhere, at any time, with the new Gigabit LTE network*; and lasts up to 22 hours on a single charge for "all-day" battery life".

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. Both devices will ship with Windows 10S, but ASUS and HP are offering free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro before September 30, 2018. The Envy x2 will also support an active stylus that is Windows Ink certified for activities such as note-taking and illustration. 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. 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. The NovaGo is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.

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You can also detach the keyboard cover completely and use the Envy x2 as a standalone tablet akin to the iPad Pro. To see how all of that works, we'll have to spend more time with these machines. That's the same setup found in many Android phones released in 2017, including Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Google's Pixel 2.

CEO of Asus, Jerry Shen, took to the stage at the Qualcomm Tech Summit 2017 now underway in Hawaii to announce the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop, the Asus NovaGo.

Expect to hear more about Qualcomm and Microsoft's efforts to get more ARM-based PCs on the market soon.

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