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The HP ENVY x2 combines the best of Windows and with the smartphone freedom.

The news followed Qualcomm's confirmation at the event that it will be launching a new mobile platform - the Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. Qualcomm didn't disclose how much faster the Snapdragon 845 would be relative to this year's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835, but that chip was significantly faster than its predecessor when we tested it at the start of 2017 while consuming less power. The tech firms have jointly just about managed it by introducing the NovaGo.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen was on hand to reveal the Asus NovaGo, an ultra-thin and light convertible laptop powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB of memory and 256GB of Universal Flash Storage 2.0 (UFS 2.0), which is capable of speeds up to 1,400Mbps.

Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don't look hugely different from their Intel counterparts. The NovaGo can be similarly equipped with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but its fixed display is a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel panel. 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.

HP, Asus announce first Windows 10 ARM PCs

The real differences with these computers will be felt once we've gotten a chance to use these computers in an everyday scenario.

The screen flips 360 degrees and supports a stylus. No UK prices were announced at the conference but a USA price of $599 for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and $799 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB look very reasonable indeed. It also says that the built-in LTE connectivity will provide significantly faster speeds than other now available LTE-equipped Windows 10 computers.

But if PCs running on ARM processors wasn't enough of a shot at Intel, AMD took to the stage next, announcing its own partnership with Qualcomm.

We've heard rumors that the first phone to debut with the Snapdragon 845 will be Samsung's Galaxy S9, which should be unveiled sometime in late January or early February. Stay tuned for more.


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