The two companies ASUS and HP have unveiled a new product category at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit with Microsoft as the future of the PC. These are convertibles that are not only permanently connected to the network thanks to the built-in LTE, but are also immediately available after unfolding and offer a significantly longer battery life than previous notebooks or similar hardware. They are based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and work withas well as an optimized version of Office 365.
ASUS NovaGo (TP370)
"For the last few months, I have been using an Always Connected PC, running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. In the last week, I watched the movie Moana with my daughter, worked in PowerPoint, browsed the web every day, reviewed budget in Excel, checked email while waiting to pick up my son from soccer, tagged a few PDFs with Ink, played some games on the plane – all without plugging into my power cord week. "Terry Myerson, Windows and Devices Group Executive Vice President
HP ENVY x2
According to Myerson, the new Always Connected devices also have some significant benefits for businesses. Among other things, employees could avoid having to access insecure open Wi-Fi networks when they're on the move, because they no longer need to switch thanks to a permanently existing LTE connection. However, I think that even in this country, for example, the still unmanageable coverage with LTE could thwart the bill.
The idea behind the devices I find quite interesting. Computers that can be switched on and used as if they were a smartphone, that have a permanent Internet connection, and that also have a lot to worry about in terms of battery life, all sound promising. Windows 10 is a modern, if not preferred, operating system that is already used by many businesses and individuals. What do you think about the vision behind the Always Connected devices? Curse or blessing?