Sprint has said that it plans to offer its customers free unlimited data in 2018 with AutoPay on Qualcomm Snapdragon Always Connected PCs from Asus, HP and Lenovo. This is clearly covering the first-generation devices powered by Snapdragon 835, such as the one we reviewed a while ago.
Unlimited data for Snapdragon 835 always connected PC
Qualcomm is a big preacher of unlimited plans and the company strongly believe that this will help expanding always connected device and enable new use case scenarios for people on the go. It was not announced what this deal will cost you in 2019 but for now, it sounds like something that is hard to pass.
Sprint will sell 5G Intel machines
At the same time, Intel’s Gregory Bryant SVP and GM of Client Computing Group, took the time to announce that Sprint is joining Intel as a partner to sell Intel-based 5G connected PCs in its stores.
Bryant said that Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft are working with Intel to deliver what he calls industry first 5G-connected laptops and 2 in 1s in 2019. To our knowledge, Qualcomm is going to have Snapdragon 855 (maybe 860 or even 1000 brand for PC) powered with Snapdragon X50 5G machine in 2019 too. Qualcomm might come a bit earlier with its 5G solution but it is hard to say right now. Intel said that as the company paves its way for 5G, in the meantime customers can expect to see at least 10 more 4G connected PCs from partners like Acer, Asus, Dell and HP on top of the 25 solutions currently in the market.
Intel is playing the card that not only are devices powered by their chips are sleek and beautiful, but they are packed with performance too. It is hard to argue that Intel is winning a lot on performance, but not the battery benchmarks against Qualcomm always connected PC today.
One still has to consider that Intel has a clearly weaker modem that the competition and cannot reach GigabitLTE speeds, something that Sprint already supports.