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Microsoft introduces “instantly on, always connected” Windows 10 PCs

by Brandon Russell | December 5, 2017December 5, 2017 12:39 pm EST

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a new frontier of Windows 10 laptops that are designed to be “instantly on, always connected.” The company claims these new devices will get a week of battery life, too. The announcement was made at Qualcomm’s Technology Summit, where Qualcomm also introduced the Snapdragon 845 processor.

The goal of these always-connected PCs is to provide customers with a 2-in-1 experience not too dissimilar from a Chromebook. The difference is these devices will run the same chip found in your smartphone—the first wave of releases is expected to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor.

When always-connected PCs launch with Windows 10, they’ll support the usual feature set, including Hello, touch, pen, and Ink.

To provide consumers with a full Windows 10 experience, Microsoft has created an emulator to run traditional x86 apps, according to The Verge. As such, these new devices will be able to run a wide range of popular apps, including Photoshop, Office, and Chrome.

When the first wave of these new devices launch, they’ll come with Windows 10 S, with an option to upgrade to full-blown Windows 10 free of charge.

According to Microsoft, an always-connected PC will provide consumers with improved security, lower costs, and a “new culture of work.”

Microsoft’s Terry Myerson called these devices a “cultural shift,” sharing an experience he had with an always-connected PC where he spent an entire week using the device without having to charge.

ASUS is set to launch the NovaGo with up to 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a starting price of $599. Meanwhile, HP is set to launch the Envy x2 with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Both devices will support LTE and launch early next year.

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