Qualcomm and Microsoft bring on Always Connected PCs with ASUS NovaGo

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Overview
Processor

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
Octa-core (8x2.6GHz Kryo 280)
Adreno 540 GPU

Screen Size

13.3 inches LCD
1920 x 1080 (~167 ppi)
Ful sRGB gamut

Memory

4GB, 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4X RAM options

Storage

64GB, 128GB or 256GB UFS 2.0 options

Camera/s

Front: 720p camera

Battery

52Wh
Rated for 22 hours of continuous video playback
Over 30 days of "modern standby"

Weight

1.39kg (3.06 lbs)

Operating System

Windows 10 S or Windows 10 Pro

The first Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptop is here and it’s coming out of Taiwan.

The ASUS NovaGo is being touted as the first Gigabit LTE laptop that is able to efficiently stay connected while lasting all day — up to 22 hours. It utilizes the Snapdragon 835, presumably with the X16 LTE modem with four-way carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO. The modem can still run cloud sync operations even while the laptop is asleep with Connected Standby mode.

It is able to run Windows apps, though not .exe files as it is on Windows 10 S — however, just as with the Microsoft Surface Laptop, users can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. The NovaGo is compatible with Windows Ink styluses, fingerprint-reading Windows Hello authentication as well as Cortana.

The I/O includes 2 full USB ports at USB 3.1 spec, a 3.5mm phono jack, either nano-SIM or embedded SIM for cellular plans, a microSD card slot for up to 256GB cards, an HDMI port and a DC connection. The screen can flip all the way around to act as just a drawing tablet and there’s an ASUS Pen with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The NovaGo starts with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage at $599. The model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage runs to $799. The United States, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Taiwan will have first dibs on the product with carrier partners.

There is no specific timeline for launch announced as of yet. Carrier partners may give those details on their own.

HP also launched a convertible tablet with a Snapdragon 835 today, the ENVY x2.

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Jules Wang

Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.