While the world was waiting for the announcement of the new Snapdragon 845, this TechSummit debut was finally synonymous with the launch of the first laptops not running with an x86 processor (like the Intel Core, for example), but with a ARM processor. This launch has not gone unnoticed since these new laptops allow Microsoft and Qualcomm to offer machines with a record autonomy since we talk about 20h to 24 hours of use, and up to 30 days standby. Impressive.
This is not the first time that Microsoft has been trying to merge the world of smartphones / tablets with the world of laptops. Remember Windows RT with Nvidia, and you know the issue. The arrival of the ARM architecture is undoubtedly the right test since these ARM PCs offer a user experience similar to x86 PCs. And that's what the consumer was waiting for until now. The promise is to have the same experience, a real instant start, global connectivity (thanks to the 4G) and record autonomy. It must be said that the first announcements with the Asus Nova Go and the HP Envy X2 are dreamy. Lenovo will also be there, but we have not had any information yet.
From the point of view of form, no big differences between an x86 PC and an ARM PC. And this is the use that will be seen since Qualcomm ARM PCs will offer a minimum of 20 hours to 24 hours of autonomy. From our first grip, we admit to having been pleasantly surprised by the user experience, it works exactly like an x86 PC, it's just as fluid and we are far from the difference it could have between a conventional PC and an EeePC at the time. What Qualcomm and Microsoft are aiming for is to offer a device capable of starting applications almost instantaneously like a smartphone, to be connected to the Internet via WiFi or via 4G / 5G, and to have the real productivity of a Windows PC. . I remind you that these new machines come with Windows 10S, but can be updated to Windows 10 Pro. Remains the unknown performance of un-optimized applications yet. It will work through some kind of emulator (as the 32-bit .exe for now), but we still do not know much about the actual performance.
Next to the "All Connected" PCs, Qualcomm could not avoid talking about its future high-end SoC. And if we are still waiting for the details of the Californian founder's next SoCs, Qualcomm has formalized its new Snapdragon 845, which is the logical successor to the Snapdragon 835. And if we know that performance will be better, as well as energy management , we are waiting for announcements concerning Artificial Intelligence that should be unveiled by tomorrow.
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Finally, we end up pursuing the partnership with Samsung for the engraving in 10nm and especially, by the surprise arrival of AMD during the opening keynote of the TechSummit. We learn that the other American founder will propose in his next SoC Ryzen (which integrates a Radeon Vega GPU) a Qualcomm modem, and in this case the same as the Snapdragon 835, the X16. This partnership is not trivial either for AMD or Qualcomm since it will allow to actively compete Intel in the world of mobility.