Asus has unveiled what it says is the world’s first gigabit LTE-capable laptop, the Asus NovaGo (TP370). CEO Jerry Shen announced the new laptop at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, as the first in a range of ’always-connected PCs’ developed by Microsoft and Qualcomm.
The convertible laptop is powered by the ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform and a Gigabit Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for download speeds of up to 1 Gbps with LTE-Advanced Cat 16 and support for 4-carrier aggregation. It has up to a 22-hour battery life with over 30 days of standby, and a built-in eSim for connectivity across borders. The laptop also comes with dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and MU-MIMO technology for download speeds of up to 867 Mbps.
NovaGo boasts up to 8 GB memory, 256 GB of Universal Flash Storage 2.0, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and HDMI. UFS 2.0 flash storage has speeds of up to 1400Mbps, surpassing that of SSD and eMMC storage. It has a fanless design, a 13.3-inch screen, a 14.9 mm profile and weighs 1.39 kg. The laptop has a “premium feel” with a sandblasted Sky Grey finish and diamond-cut edges. It also has a 360-degree hinge that can put it in a myriad of positions. The 10-point multitouch display features Asus Pen support.
The tablet comes with Microsoft Windows 10 S and a new optimised version of Office 365 with features like Windows Ink, Windows Hello and Cortana. Every application for ARM-based Windows laptops is Microsoft-verified for compatibility, security, and protection, the companies said. The laptop will also sport connected standby mode to ensure all data is constantly synced to the cloud, even in sleep mode.
HP was also at the Snapdragon summit to show its own Windows ARM laptop. The Envy x2 Windows also runs the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform and will support gigabit LTE speeds with long battery life, fanless design and Windows 10 S. The Envy comes with a 12.3-inch touch WUXGA+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and integrates a 110- to 150-degree adjustable stand. It will be available from spring 2018, also with mobile carriers.
Mobile operators supporting Qualcomm’s efforts to enter the computer market include Sprint. Gunther Ottendorfer, chief operating officer of technology at Sprint, announced the company’s support for the new ‘Always Connected PC’ category and said Sprint wants to deliver unlimited data to the Windows on Snapdragon ecosystem.
Qualcomm was also joined by Kevin Lensing, corporate vice president and general manager of the client business unit at AMD, to announce their collective work to bring Qualcomm modems to AMD’s high-performance Ryzen processor platforms. AMD also wants to add improved connectivity to its computers and will be offering the Qualcomm option to its OEM customers to create premium computing platforms.