Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 ARM devices from HP and Asus, the Always Connected PCs are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and these Always Connected PCs have some advantages over other traditional PCs. Just like any flagship phone with Snapdragon 835 processor, these PCs also support features like NFC, but not the full feature is being offered.
Qualcomm has tweaked the Snapdragon 835 processor for Windows 10 on ARM project. The Always Connected PCs from HP and ASUS do not support Wireless Charging and Quick Charge, which is available on all flagship mobile devices. Qualcomm has tweaked the Snapdragon 835 chip and it has been optimized for desktop computers.
For example, 802.11ad Wi-Fi feature is missing from Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Another missing feature is support for wireless charging on Always Connected PCs. Qualcomm has also removed the Quick Charge 4 support from the chipset, meaning that the OEMs cannot enable Quick Charge support on Always Connected PCs.
The NFC support on such PCs is also missing from the official specs sheet, Qualcomm has however confirmed that the feature is available on the PCs (if enabled by the OEM). The other features of the chipsets used on Always Connected PCs and Mobiles appear to be the same.
Qualcomm has also optimized the chipset for long battery life on Always Connected Windows 10 PCs. In a blog post, Microsoft claimed that these devices running Windows 10 can achieve one week of battery life per charge, with up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.