In late 2016, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced Windows 10 on ARM project, and almost after one year of wait, HP and Asus finally unveiled their Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptops at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon summit in Hawaii.
While Asus is tight-lipped about the release time frame of the Nova Go Windows 10 ARM laptop, HP Envy x2 has already been approved by FCC on December 15, which could be a sign that the laptop will be available for purchase soon.
HP is one the first companies to embrace Microsoft and Qualcomm’s Windows 10 on ARM project. HP Envy x2 offers up to 20 hours of battery, it can last for nearly a full day per charge, it’s all possible due to Windows 10 on ARM project. With this project, Microsoft is bringing emulation of Win32 applications to the full version of Windows 10 on ARM architecture.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and it features the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem which offers gigabit LTE speeds. The Envy x2 features a 12-inch full HD display with support for pens and Windows Ink.
The device is just 6.9mm thin and it weighs 698 grams (1.54 pounds). The other features include 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage with support for microSD card. The Envy x2 will run Windows 10 S out of the box, Microsoft will however allow users to upgrade to the full version of Windows 10 Pro. The shipments of the Windows 10 ARM device will begin in the spring, the exact release date of the device is still not available.