New Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 mobile PCs due this year

Phillip Butler
April 22, 2017

Microsoft revealed previous year that it would start supporting ARM processors with Windows desktop apps, but it seems we've still got a while to wait until such devices arrive. While the companies said that the first PCs with ARM chipsets will be coming in 2017, there was never a specific timeline mentioned for the launch.

Microsoft and Qualcomm announced in December that a new line of always-on cellular Windows 10 PCs running on Qualcomm's ARM chips would be on the way at some point in 2017.

This would mean that the OEM's will not be making an immediate shift to the new processors and will continue to launch PCs with the classic Intel processors.

Microsoft has attempted ARM-based PCs in the past with its Windows RT lineup, and those attempts failed.

Fingers crossed that the emulation of x86 apps on Snapdragon chips runs as smoothly as it seemed to in Microsoft's demos past year - because if they don't get the implementation right, this whole thing is likely to be sunk.

In late 2016, Microsoft unveiled along with Qualcomm that it was launching a version of Windows 10 compatible with ARM processors. Windows needs the power of something like the Snapdragon 835 to be viable.

Microsoft and Qualcomm work closely together on smartphones, and the Windows 10 Mobile OS requires Snapdragon chips.

Other key features in the Snapdragon 835 include Qualcomm's Kryo 280 octa-core CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with one gigabit per second downloads and Bluetooth 5.0.

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Companies like HP are also looking into this field as it could be the future of PCs but there is a lot of uncertainty as well.

In addition to laptops and tablets with these chips and Windows 10 ARM, it is also very likely that on those dates we see a mobile with Windows 10 complete.

Qualcomm is pitching the Centriq 2400 as a competitor to the Intel Xeon, the workhorse of the data center, which Intel estimates underpins the vast majority of cloud services. If there's one rival Qualcomm can't beat in mobile chips performance, it's Apple.

"We have an opportunity to disrupt the existing suppliers of the PC and the datacentre", he said.

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