HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

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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. At the launch, three designs were briefly announced from HP, Acer, and Lenovo, from which the HP Envy x360 with the Ryzen 5 2500U is now available for sale (we're awaiting our review sample).

Following Myserson on stage to put meat on the bones of the announcement, was Asus' Jerry Shen, announcing the Asus NovaGo - an ultraportable 2-in-1 convertible laptop running Windows 10.

Inside the NovaGo is Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon 835 - the same SoC that's in nearly every flagship Android smartphone this year.

Recently AMD announced it was bringing its new high-performance x86 CPU cores and its latest GPU architecture to the notebook space. Always connected to a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use. The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD will be available for $599, the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $799. However, connectivity on the NovaGo includes 2x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, as well as an HDMI Port and Micro-SD card slot for memory expansion allowing for more options than the HP Envy x2.

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Regarding operating systems, both devices run Windows 10 S but can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free.

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. HP, Asus and Lenovo are the first companies to make computers that have smartphone features like alway-on connectivity and more than 20 hours of battery life. Frost didn't mention a stylus, but the machine was pictured with such a pen attached to its case, so it probably supports Windows Ink.

The HP ENVY x2 is a detachable 2-in-1 device reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface products or the Huawei Matebook-E that we recently took a look at. Microsoft's Terry Myerson came on stage today to briefly talk about these Windows 10 on ARM PCs, he later detailed the benefits of this new platform via a post on the Windows Experience Blog.

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