Always Connected: ASUS and HP Partner with Microsoft to Introduce New Product Category

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 with Windows 10 as well as an optimized version of Office 365.

ASUS NovaGo (TP370)

ASUS NovaGo Specs

  • Gigabit LTE
  • Sandblasted glass surface with diamond-cut edges
  • 13.3 inch NanoEdge Full HD Display with 178 ° Wide View Technology
  • Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • up to 8 GB RAM
  • up to 256 GB of internet UFS 2.0 storage
  • 1.39 kg, 14.9 mm high
  • X16 LTE Modem
  • Battery provides up to 30 days in standby and up to 22 hours in operation
  • integrated nano SIM
  • Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and MU-MIMO
  • Response time comparable to that of a smartphone
  • Special standby mode "Connected Standby": the NovaGo ensures that all data remains synchronized with the cloud
  • Others: sRGB Color Space, ASUS Pen Support, ASUS Splendid with ASUS Eye Care Technology and ASUS Tru2Life Video
  • Price and Availability: the ASUS NovaGo is first sold in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, mainland China and Taiwan, expected to be available in Germany in the first quarter of 2018 from $ 799

"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

HP ENVY x2 (2017) Specs

  • Ultra Thin Design
  • 12.3 inch WUXGA + with Gorilla Glass 4
  • 6.9 mm high and just 0.7 kg light
  • Aluminum Body
  • Rear Camera
  • up to 8 GB RAM
  • up to 256 GB of internal memory
  • Windows 10 S with one-time option to switch to Windows 10 Pro
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 4G LTE2 and WLAN
  • up to 20 hours of battery life in operation, up to 700 hours in standby
  • compatible with Windows Ink Pen
  • Price, according to cnet.com, is expected to be between $ 600 and $ 800

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?

(via Windows Blogs)

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