Windows 10 on ARM is the future of mobile computing and the software giant Microsoft is betting big on this project. The Always Connected PCs runs Windows 10 ARM with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and it offers mobile-like features, always-connected internet connectivity and unbeatable battery life.
Microsoft last year launched Windows 10 on ARM with much fanfare, and while the first-generation Always Connected PCs received negative reviews from critics due to limitations like slightly reduced performance, the next generation ARM PCs is more powerful than you’d expect.
The all-new and upcoming Always Connected PC from Asus is codenamed Primus and it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 processor. It is rumoured to be around 6.5 watts and it will be as powerful as Intel’s Y generation chipsets.
If everything goes as per the plan, Asus Primus will be unveiled later this year and it would become available for purchase in early 2019 in more markets.
Qualcomm is also working on Snapdragon 845 and 850 processors for Always Connected PCs. We recently spotted the first device with Snapdragon 845 on Geekbench, and by the looks of things, it’ll be better than the first-generation ARM PCs, and it’ll also address the flaws of its predecessors.
Lenovo will be one of the first OEMs to manufacture the Always Connected PC with Snapdragon 845 processor, and the device is codenamed Europa. There are no specifics available at this point, but if the benchmark is taken into consideration, the Snapdragon 845 will come with 8 cores running in turbo mode at 3 GHz.
The processor would boost performance by as much as 50 percent, and while it will depend on hardware configuration, it will still make these devices significantly faster.
Microsoft could introduce new laptops from partners (Lenovo, Asus, HP) in the fall. But Microsoft would need to bring more companies on board, and convince OEMs to invest in Windows 10 on ARM project.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 850 and 1000 would bring substantial performance improvements to the Always Connected PCs lineup, and the chipmaker will soon announce the processor.
While Dell was reportedly sceptical about Windows 10 on ARM, the company finally appears to be interested in the project. Dell is also working on a device with Windows 10 on ARM and it’s codenamed Januss. The rumoured device will feature dual-screen and Microsoft Courier-like design.