We test-drive the HP Envy x2 and Asus NovaGo – the first ‘Always On’ laptops with a Snapdragon 835 mobile chip.
Executives from Microsoft, Asus and HP unveiled the first ‘Always On PCs’ at the recent Qualcomm Technology Summit in Hawaii. These Windows 10 laptops feature Qualcomm mobile processors, with a promise of week-long battery life and high-speed gigabit-class 4G connectivity.
Calling the machines the “next wave in innovation”, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson extolled the virtues of this new wave of laptops, which he said would also offer always-on connectivity, fanless operation and better security.
“It's not a matter of if, but when all PCs will become Always Connected PCs,” said Myerson.
The first Always On laptops feature Qualcomm’s current top mobile chipset, the octo-core Snapdragon 835, the same processor used in high-end smartphones such as the Google Pixel 2 and HTC U11.
How well do they work?
We managed to get our hands on two of the new devices – the HP Envy x2 and Asus NovaGo – at the event. Here are our first impressions of the NovaGo, a convertible flip-over laptop, and the Envy x2, a 2-in-1 with a removable keyboard cover like Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
Next: hands-on with the Asus NovaGo