HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)

Qualcomm takes aim at Intel in PC processors

At its technology summit in Maui this afternoon, Qualcomm provided some additional details of the results of its partnership with Microsoft to bring Windows to the chipmaker's SoCs. The Envy X2 is very similar to numerous Surface Pro types of computers that already exist, while the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop. As with the outgoing Snapdragon 835, Samsung is the fabrication partner, and the 845 will be built on the company's 10nm process.

Besides an always-on PC and huge battery life, one of the other benefits of a Snapdragon processor is that no cooling fan is required, so the Envy x2 will always be free of annoying fan noise.

However, the 845 is also likely to appear in a host of "Always Connected" Windows 10 laptops like the ASUS and HP convertibles also announced today.

Impressively, though, unlike the rest of the laptop and smartphone industry, the prices of these new machines will be very reasonable.

Equipping a laptop with mobile connectivity is not necessarily new - Intel has been doing it for years with their own modems (such as the XMM7260 and XMM7360), mostly in business end devices or Chromebooks. Always connected to a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use.

On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Those include the ability to create and share content, to lose yourself and to feel like you're in another world like through VR, to make your life easier with artificial intelligence, to secure your data, to globalize the wireless user experience and to make more powerful and longer-lasting experiences.

Regarding operating systems, both devices run Windows 10 S but can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free. The Snapdragon 835 SoC is complemented by up to 8 GB RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 2.0 storage.

HP didn't provide any pricing information for the Envy x2, but it did say that customers can expect to buy it next spring.

The screen flips 360 degrees and supports a stylus.

It is compatible with Windows Ink styluses, Windows Hello authentication as well as Cortana.

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