Microsoft and Qualcomm have been working closely for several months to launch a series of laptops powered by the former's chips. Their efforts have obviously paid off, as the first Snapdragon 835 slots will arrive in the spring.
The announcement was made at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, an event dedicated to chips from the famous San Diego founder.
HP and Asus have effectively responded and the two manufacturers have thus taken advantage of the summit to lift the veil on their first machines powered by a Snapdragon 835: the HP Envy x2 and the Asus NovaGO.
HP Envy x2: like a Surface
The Envy x2 inherits a form factor close to that of the Surface and the device is thus presented in the form of a tablet with a stand and a detachable keyboard cover.
The slate is entitled to neat finishes and it thus sports a beautiful brushed metal case with a hinge capable of rotating the foot at an angle between 110 and 150 °. All for a weight not exceeding seven hundred grams. A great feat.
The keyboard is not left out and it will thus be possible to make it take two positions and thus raise it a few degrees to facilitate input. This time again, it's hard not to think about what Microsoft's hybrid machines have to offer.
The technical part is not left out and the HP Envy x2 is thus equipped with a 12.3 inch screen (1920 x 1080) and a Snapdragon 835 associated with 8 GB of RAM on the most expensive model. . The storage space can reach 256 GB on the most solid configurations.
This is not the most interesting, however. The tablet is also equipped with a modem compatible with category 16 4G and it can thus connect directly to the telephone network. Better still, HP has also set up a function to automate the switch from WiFi to 4G and vice versa. The user will therefore not need to activate or deactivate the modem manually.
The manufacturer has also put the package on the autonomy and the Envy x2 will thus be able to hold about twenty hours in watching videos or seven hundred hours on standby.
The price has not yet been disclosed.
Asus NovaGO: the connected convertible
The NovaGO is a little different for its part and it ultimately comes closer to Lenovo machines. The screen and the base are therefore hooked to each other by means of a hinge capable of rotating 360 °.
The machine can thus be used as a traditional laptop or as a tablet. It will also be possible to go through an intermediate tent mode.
The technical sheet seems rather attractive for its part and the NovaGO will thus be equipped with a 13.3-inch screen (1920 x 1080) and a Snapdragon 835 coupled to a maximum of 8 GB. The storage space will be able to reach 256 GB on the more expensive models and once again we find a Qualcomm X16 modem capable of automatically connecting to mobile networks.
Expected for spring, the machine will be offered at $ 599 for the version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage or at $ 799 for the model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
During the press conference, Terry Myerson also informed that other partners are in the process of developing their own machines. New configurations should therefore be presented fairly quickly.