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Hardware makers rush to ARM Windows 10

by on02 June 2017

HP, Asus and Lenovo join the arms race 

HP, Asus and Lenovo will be the first hardware makers to churn out ARM-based Windows 10 PCs.

Qualcomm says the three vendors will be making PCs with its Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip) and its X16 LTE chipset for wireless broadband connectivity.

The chipmaker said that all the models will be fanless and will offer all-day battery life.

Qualcomm has previously said it expects the ARM PCs to hit the market by the end of the year, and getting HP, Asus and Lenovo on board early means that there will be products in the shops fairly soon.

Qualcomm executive VP Cristiano Amon said that consumers experience mobility in nearly every aspect of their lives and they've come to expect more from their PCs than legacy computing models are able to provide.

"With compatibility for the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation modern device form factors and deliver unparalleled anything, anywhere creation experiences with up-to-Gigabit Class LTE connectivity."

Each of the devices is set to run custom versions of Windows 10 that Microsoft has been developing for ARM chips.

The vendors are supposed to be interested because the ARM PCs will offer a longer battery life and require less cooling than traditional x86 processors.

This will mean that they will be thinner and with smaller form factors and do what most users want, rather than providing extra computing power which can’t be used.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen said the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will mean that users now can take advantage of new always on, always connected experiences available to them.

Last modified on 02 June 2017
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