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Asus NovaGo Windows Laptop with Snapdragon 835 Review: Repetition of the Netbook Dilemma?

J. Simon Leitner, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Sabrina Hartmann), 12/13/2017

Top or flop? What has been in the making for a while seems to have become a reality now. Smartphone and laptop technology merge and become one. By now, the first benchmarks for the Snapdragon 835 installed in an Asus NovaGo Windows laptop are available. Here is a first detailed benchmark analysis.

For the original German review, see here.

To date, mobile Windows devices have been rather boring in terms of their performance. A perceived 95% of the available devices are based on Intel processors whose further development has advanced in baby steps during the last few years, as had to be expected. AMD played only a minor part, almost exclusively offering low-priced entry-level devices. However, AMD has now shown a strong sign of life by introducing the first laptops based on Ryzen mobile (see our test here).

Now another player has made an entrance into the market for Windows devices: Qualcomm. Previously only specialized in smartphones, the chip manufacturer is planning to offer their high-end SoCs in several Windows-based laptops next year. Hence, it will be possible for the first time to compare mobile smartphone chips and established PC processors on an even level. How good are the smartphone flagship chips in direct comparison to the current up-to-date PC hardware? Do Intel and AMD have to deal with serious competition here or will this be a new netbook platform which already had a rather short-lived initial "success" the first time...

Subsequently, we will analyze the first published benchmarks based on a pre-production unit of the Asus NovaGo TP3700QL. The tests were conducted by our colleagues at Ultrabookreviews.com whose full review can be found here. Please note that we did not have an opportunity to verify these results. Furthermore, the early state of the test system and the required emulation of the Windows benchmarks mean that changes are likely to happen up until the release of the final Snapdragon laptops next year.

The test system: Asus NovaGo TP370QL

Asus NovaGo (TP370)
Asus NovaGo (TP370)

As well as the HP Envy x2, the Asus NovaGo will be one of the first Windows laptops/convertibles based on the Snapdragon 835 CPU. The device is a 13.3-inch convertible with a 360° hinge. At a weight of 1.4 kg (~3.1 lb) and a height of 14 millimeters (~0.55 in), it is neither one of the lightest nor the slimmest of its class. Here is an overview for the specifications that are known so far:


CPU: Snapdragon 835 @2.6 GHz (2.45 GHz standard clock speed)
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 540
RAM: 4/8 GB LPDDR4x (soldered)
Storage: 64-256 GB Flash Memory UFS 2.0
Display: 13.3" FHD Touch, 360° hinges
Connectivity: Dual Band WLAN up to 802.11ac (2×2), Bluetooth 4.2, LTE (Nano SIM, eSIM support)
Ports: 2x USB-A 3.0, HDMI, headphone combo, MicroSD card reader
Battery: 52 Wh, up to 22h battery runtime (video playback)
OS: Windows 10 S 32-bit
Weight: 1.38 kg
Size: 316 mm x 221 mm x 14.9 mm
Price/Availability: Q1 2018, starting at 600 USD (4/64 GB) up to 800 Euro (8/256 GB)

Benchmarks

CPU and GPU Benchmarks

We will start with the 3DMark 11, a benchmark that is commonly used for Windows devices that focuses on a laptop's or convertible's GPU and CPU performance. Our database contains around 2500 entries for it. Ultrabookreview published a score of 826 points (performance) for the overall score, 786 points for the GPU score and 1493 points for the CPU-driven physics score.

With this result, the NovaGo is relatively far behind in the comparison field for the physics score. Intel's Core m3-6Y30 (2 cores, 4.5W TDP), utilized in the Surface Pro 4 or in the Aspire Switch 12S, performs around 65% to 105% better, depending on the tested device. With +26%, the Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (Cherry Trail) CPU in the Surface 3 is also clearly ahead. Intel's Celeron N2920, installed in the Acer Aspire E1, is ranking at about the same level. However, this is a more than three-year-old entry-level device at a cost of well below 400 Euros (~$471) at that time...

The 3DMark 11 score for the GPU is showing better results, though. At 786 points, the Adreno 540 graphics unit is more or less on a par with Intel's HD Graphics 505/515. The current HD Graphics 615 found in the y-series of processors, installed in the Eve V, can surpass this score by about 60%. At least in comparison to the N2920 Bay Trail platform whose CPU performance was roughly equal in this test, the Adreno 540 can triple the GPU score.

As mentioned before, the early state of the pre-production model and the required emulation should be noted for this benchmark and the following ones. In addition, Qualcomm runs the Snapdragon 835 with 2.6 GHz instead of 2.45 GHz standard clock speed in the NovaGo. This results in an advantage of about 5% in comparison to the standard chip.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Physics
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
3620 Points ∼100% +142%
Intel Core i3-7100U, Intel HD Graphics 620
HP ProBook 440 G4 Z2Y47ES
3595 Points ∼99% +141%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
3347 (min: 3339, max: 3351) Points ∼92% +124%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
3067 Points ∼85% +105%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
2465 Points ∼68% +65%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VG
2167 Points ∼60% +45%
Intel Atom x7-Z8700, Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
Microsoft Surface 3
1879 Points ∼52% +26%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
1493 Points ∼41%
Intel Celeron N2920, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Acer Aspire E1-510P-2671
1485 Points ∼41% -1%
Intel Celeron N2840, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
1055 Points ∼29% -29%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Intel Core i3-7100U, Intel HD Graphics 620
HP ProBook 440 G4 Z2Y47ES
1437 Points ∼100% +83%
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
1251 Points ∼87% +59%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
1234 (min: 1228, max: 1268) Points ∼86% +57%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
1206 Points ∼84% +53%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
786 Points ∼55%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
730 Points ∼51% -7%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VG
726 Points ∼51% -8%
Intel Atom x7-Z8700, Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
Microsoft Surface 3
494 Points ∼34% -37%
Intel Celeron N2920, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Acer Aspire E1-510P-2671
206 Points ∼14% -74%
Intel Celeron N2840, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
203 Points ∼14% -74%

For a closer look, benchmarks from the most recent 3DMark benchmark test are available as well. Their Sky Diver Graphics score shows that the Asus NovaGo is mostly equal to devices utilizing the Intel HD Graphics 505 or 515. The Fire Strike benchmark confirms this observation. Because of its good GPU score, the NovaGo reaches the level of the latest generation of budget Windows convertibles such as the HP x360 11 G1 for the overall score. Unfortunately, there is no exclusively CPU-based value available for this benchmark.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2
972 Points ∼100% +88%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
873 Points ∼90% +69%
Intel Core i5-7Y54, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i5
853 Points ∼88% +65%
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
748 Points ∼77% +44%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
518 Points ∼53%
Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
507 Points ∼52% -2%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
494 Points ∼51% -5%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
482 Points ∼50% -7%
Intel Core M-5Y10, Intel HD Graphics 5300
Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004H
431 Points ∼44% -17%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2
882 Points ∼100% +95%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
780 Points ∼88% +72%
Intel Core i5-7Y54, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i5
762 Points ∼86% +68%
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
699 Points ∼79% +54%
Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
464 Points ∼53% +2%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
453 Points ∼51% 0%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
453 Points ∼51%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
432 Points ∼49% -5%
Intel Core M-5Y10, Intel HD Graphics 5300
Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004H
390 Points ∼44% -14%
1280x720 Sky Diver Graphics
Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2
4152 Points ∼100% +145%
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
3020 Points ∼73% +78%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
2909 (min: 2905, max: 2913) Points ∼70% +72%
Intel Core i5-7Y54, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i5
2823 (min: 2821, max: 2825) Points ∼68% +67%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
1750 Points ∼42% +3%
Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1729 Points ∼42% +2%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
1692 Points ∼41%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
1548 Points ∼37% -9%
Intel Core M-5Y10, Intel HD Graphics 5300
Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004H
1366 Points ∼33% -19%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score
Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2
4146 Points ∼100% +142%
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
3124 Points ∼75% +83%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
2997 (min: 2994, max: 3000) Points ∼72% +75%
Intel Core i5-7Y54, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i5
2914 (min: 2913, max: 2915) Points ∼70% +70%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
1843 Points ∼44% +8%
Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
1786 Points ∼43% +4%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
1711 Points ∼41%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
1615 Points ∼39% -6%
Intel Core M-5Y10, Intel HD Graphics 5300
Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004H
1451 Points ∼35% -15%

Geekbench can already be run on smartphones and PCs alike and has made a first comparative approach possible. Right away, the difference between our benchmarks for the latest flagship smartphones in comparison to the Asus NovaGo results posted by Ultrabookreview is obvious. The recent OnePlus 5 is utilizing the Snapdragon 835 as well, but is able to more than double the result of the Windows convertible in this test. This could be related to a necessary emulation since it can be assumed that Geekbench cannot be run natively yet on the ARM Windows platform.

Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
7439 Points ∼100% +152%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
OnePlus 5
6552 Points ∼88% +122%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
5455 Points ∼73% +85%
Intel Core i3-6006U, Intel HD Graphics 520
Asus ASUSPRO P541UA-GQ1532
4914 Points ∼66% +66%
Intel Celeron N3450, Intel HD Graphics 500
Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79E
3821 Points ∼51% +29%
Intel Pentium 3558U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
3016 Points ∼41% +2%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
2952 Points ∼40%
AMD A6-9220, AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
2805 Points ∼38% -5%
Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
Jumper EZbook 3
2648 Points ∼36% -10%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
3808 Points ∼100% +368%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
2816 Points ∼74% +246%
Intel Core i3-6006U, Intel HD Graphics 520
Asus ASUSPRO P541UA-GQ1532
2593 Points ∼68% +219%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
OnePlus 5
2075 Points ∼54% +155%
Intel Pentium 3558U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
1898 Points ∼50% +133%
AMD A6-9220, AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
1885 Points ∼50% +132%
Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
Jumper EZbook 3
1500 Points ∼39% +84%
Intel Celeron N3450, Intel HD Graphics 500
Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79E
1385 Points ∼36% +70%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
814 Points ∼21%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
6932 Points ∼100% +75%
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Dell Latitude 7285
6405 Points ∼92% +62%
Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
5971 Points ∼86% +51%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
5270 Points ∼76% +33%
Intel Core i3-6006U, Intel HD Graphics 520
Asus ASUSPRO P541UA-GQ1532
4415 Points ∼64% +11%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
4309 Points ∼62% +9%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
3960 Points ∼57%
Intel Celeron N3450, Intel HD Graphics 500
Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79E
3958 Points ∼57% 0%
Intel Core M-5Y10, Intel HD Graphics 5300
Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004H
3713 Points ∼54% -6%
AMD A6-9220, AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
2921 Points ∼42% -26%
Intel Pentium 3558U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
2592 Points ∼37% -35%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Dell Latitude 7285
3271 Points ∼100% +186%
Intel Core i5-7200U, Intel HD Graphics 620
Acer Extensa 2540-580K
3191 Points ∼98% +179%
Intel Core m7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
2931 Points ∼90% +156%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
2510 Points ∼77% +119%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
2381 Points ∼73% +108%
Intel Core M-5Y10, Intel HD Graphics 5300
Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FC004H
2038 Points ∼62% +78%
Intel Core i3-6006U, Intel HD Graphics 520
Asus ASUSPRO P541UA-GQ1532
2012 Points ∼62% +76%
AMD A6-9220, AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-651Y
1798 Points ∼55% +57%
Intel Pentium 3558U, Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
1468 Points ∼45% +28%
Intel Celeron N3450, Intel HD Graphics 500
Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79E
1202 Points ∼37% +5%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
1144 Points ∼35%

A few browser benchmarks for the Asus NovaGo have been published already as well. The results of these benchmarks match those of other devices based on the Snapdragon 835. Emulation is not necessary in this case, but the benchmarks hardly allow conclusions regarding the net CPU and GPU performance. With the exception of the SunSpider test, a clear dominance of Intel-based Windows devices becomes apparent.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 32Bit
Intel Core i5-8250U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5
1.46 Points ∼100% +192%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
1.25 Points ∼86% +150%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Cube i9
0.87 Points ∼60% +74%
Intel Core i7-3520M, Intel HD Graphics 4000
Lenovo X230
0.84 Points ∼58% +68%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
Asus R541N
0.6 Points ∼41% +20%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
0.5 Points ∼34%
Intel Celeron N3450, Intel HD Graphics 500
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
0.5 Points ∼34% 0%
Intel Atom x7-Z8750, Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
Teclast Tbook 16 Power
0.48 Points ∼33% -4%
Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
Jumper EZbook 3
0.46 Points ∼32% -8%
Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Asus UL50VF
0.41 Points ∼28% -18%
CPU Multi 32Bit
Intel Core i5-8250U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5
5.95 Points ∼100% +297%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Eve-Tech Eve V i7
2.42 Points ∼41% +61%
Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics 505
Asus R541N
2.08 Points ∼35% +39%
Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515
Cube i9
1.77 Points ∼30% +18%
Intel Atom x7-Z8750, Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
Teclast Tbook 16 Power
1.75 Points ∼29% +17%
Intel Core i7-3520M, Intel HD Graphics 4000
Lenovo X230
1.58 Points ∼27% +5%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
1.5 Points ∼25%
Intel Celeron N3450, Intel HD Graphics 500
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
1.35 Points ∼23% -10%
Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
Jumper EZbook 3
0.91 Points ∼15% -39%
Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Asus UL50VF
0.77 Points ∼13% -49%

Browser Benchmarks

A few browser benchmarks for the Asus NovaGo have been published already as well. The results of these benchmarks match those of other devices based on the Snapdragon 835. An emulation is not necessary in this case, but the benchmarks hardly allow conclusions regarding the net CPU and GPU performance. With the exception of the Sunspider test, a clear dominance of Intel-based Windows devices becomes apparent.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
Microsoft Surface Book 2
285.1 Points ∼100% +255%
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Dell Latitude 7285
212.23 Points ∼74% +164%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
193.76 Points ∼68% +141%
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
172.36 Points ∼60% +114%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
157.15 Points ∼55% +96%
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Google Pixelbook
144.78 Points ∼51% +80%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
80.36 Points ∼28%
Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
73.5 Points ∼26% -9%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
OnePlus 5
71.6 Points ∼25% -11%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Google Pixel 2
64.791 Points ∼23% -19%
Intel Celeron N3060, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR
55.781 Points ∼20% -31%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
Microsoft Surface Book 2
42822 Points ∼100% +1288%
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Google Pixelbook
32334 Points ∼76% +948%
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Dell Latitude 7285
29367 Points ∼69% +852%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
26712 Points ∼62% +766%
Intel Core m3-7Y30, Intel HD Graphics 615
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
23605 Points ∼55% +665%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
21322 Points ∼50% +591%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
OnePlus 5
11945 Points ∼28% +287%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Google Pixel 2
11380 Points ∼27% +269%
Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
9592 Points ∼22% +211%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
3086 Points ∼7%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
284.6 ms * ∼100% -36%
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Google Pixelbook
268.1 ms * ∼94% -28%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
210 ms * ∼74%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
119.1 ms * ∼42% +43%
Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel HD Graphics 615
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
89.4 ms * ∼31% +57%
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
Microsoft Surface Book 2
63.8 ms * ∼22% +70%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Intel Core i5-7Y57, Intel HD Graphics 615
Google Pixelbook
441 Points ∼100% +164%
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U, Intel HD Graphics 610
Lenovo IdeaPad V110-15IKB 80TH001SGE
345 Points ∼78% +107%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Google Pixel 2
190 Points ∼43% +14%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
Asus NovaGo
167 Points ∼38%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540
OnePlus 5
161 Points ∼37% -4%

* ... smaller is better

Verdict

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in a Windows laptop
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in a Windows laptop

It cannot be said often enough, so it will be repeated one last time for the final verdict: The benchmark results published by Ultrabookreview.com are based on a very early pre-production unit of the Asus NovaGo laptop/convertible. An emulation is necessary to run classic x86 applications, which can result in performance loss for benchmarks as well as for applications started by the user.

What we can already tell based on the available results: The pure CPU performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC/CPU appears to be clearly behind recent chips of the Intel Core Y-series (4.5W TDP). However, the graphics performance of the integrated Adreno 540 graphics accelerator seems better.

Assuming that the results so far will not change significantly until the release of the final product, one might indeed call it a repetition of the netbook dilemma.

Users buy a Windows device under the assumption that they receive a full-featured, productive machine, but they will quickly reach their limits. Heavily CPU-dependent tasks in particular could overwhelm the Snapdragon platform and result in an impediment of the perceived speed. And: No, this is not about complicated calculations performed by specialized software. Even everyday tasks like intensive web browsing on numerous tabs, background processes such as updates, anti-virus scans or other tools, or simply the frequent starting of applications or loading of files could suffice. Exactly these cases can lead to noticeable delays for entry-level Intel processors and the CPU part of the Qualcomm 835 CPU does not seem to be able to transcend this level of performance.

Furthermore, the question remains how big an advantage the "always connected" feature granted by the LTE modem integrated into the SoC really is. Basically, any recent smartphone can provide internet access for a classic laptop within seconds and in areas with bad net coverage, the integrated LTE modem will not be of much help either. Even though conventional laptops with an integrated modem were desirable a few years ago, especially for business use, this feature is rarely seen nowadays. Besides, an additional SIM can cause higher costs for the user.
That leaves the battery runtime as most important asset. First manufacturer's specifications spoke of over 22 hours of battery life while playing videos (on reduced brightness). This would mean that less than 2.5 watts suffice for the NovaGo. However, it is questionable how long the battery runtime is under load or in important everyday scenarios like browsing the web.

The last issue is the intended price range of 600 to 800 Euros, depending on the configuration. The basic version with 64 GB storage will not suffice for long for the average Windows user. Judging by the performance shown in the benchmarks that have been published so far, 800 Euros for the variant with 256 GB memory do not really sound like a good deal, especially since we are not talking about 256 GB SSD storage, but the cheaper UFS 2.0 flash memory.

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J. Simon Leitner, 2017-12-13 (Update: 2017-12-15)