These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops

The Snapdragon 845 is the spiritual successor to the Snapdragon 835 in more ways than one: the 835 used a 10nm manufacturing process, and the 845 is expected to use a more refined version of the same process. The main USP of the device is the promise of all-day computing.

Today, Qualcomm is holding an event in Hawaii, where the company took the stage alongside new partners like Microsoft, ASUS, and HP. This is also the first notebook that runs full Windows 10 on the ARM CPU. They all support standard Windows 10 features, such as a touchscreen, Windows Hello, and pen input.

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. As we've come to expect, it will bring improvements in power, efficiency, and niche areas like image processing to next year's best smartphones.

The combination of Windows 10 and Snapdragon aims to offer various things including incredible battery life, performance and connectivity. ENVY x2 is incredibly thin, light, durable and of course always connected, the HP ENVY x2 offers lightning-fast 4G LTE2 and Wi-Fi. We already had a chance to check the Envy x2 out - check out our hands-on here.

The Envy x2, in keeping with Microsoft's always-connected PC vision, purportedly sports long battery life, almost instant wake times from a sleep state, and ubiquitous LTE connectivity.

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In a blog post about the new PCs, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson described the arrival of Always Connected PCs as an important technological progression, on par with the original laptop, virtual reality and cloud computing.

Similar to the HP offering, the ASUS NovaGo will be available in configurations ranging up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of Storage.

Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that promise.

Tomorrow, we will learn significantly more about Qualcomm's newest chip and its capabilities, so stay tuned.

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