AMD Makes a Surprise Appearance: Ryzen Mobile with Qualcomm LTE

Qualcomm takes aim at Intel in PC processors

AMD Makes a Surprise Appearance: Ryzen Mobile with Qualcomm LTE

At today's Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit the company has made their new Snapdragon 845 processor official. Users can expect to run League of Legends, DOTA 2 and CS:GO at 1920x1080, and Overwatch and Quake Champions at 1280x720, and still get between 43fps and 66fps depending on the quality settings used.

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. Two highlights in terms of performance are battery life and connectivity.

Recently AMD announced it was bringing its new high-performance x86 CPU cores and its latest GPU architecture to the notebook space.

Next, it was the turn of HP's Kevin Frost, who also unveiled a Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 laptop at the event: the HP Envy x2.

Frost didn't provide as many hardware specs as Asus' CEO did, but the he did have some details about the Envy x2's form factor. Additionally, these type of PCs can run either Windows 10 or Windows 10 S: the first models from Asus and HP will actually run the more secure Windows 10 S out of the box, but customers will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free for a limited time.

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. The NovaGo's screen can't be detached, but it does rotate 360 degrees for tablet mode. 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.

There's no word yet on the pricing or availability for the Asus NovaGo, but HP said that the Envy x2 would be arriving in the United Kingdom in February, starting at £999 with a keyboard and active pen included. ASUS will offer the device for $599 ($799 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage) first in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Mainland China and Taiwan, and is working with T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon to offer the NovaGo. The new version looks more like a Microsoft Surface Book, complete with a folding keyboard cover and a kickstand, and a holder for the included HP Digital Pen.

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