Dell likely to join Asus, HP, and Lenovo to bring new Windows 10 on ARM devices
Dell could be joining the likes of HP, Asus, and Lenovo to bring new Windows 10 on ARM (WoA) devices. WinFuture.de reports that new WoA devices are on the anvil as soon as this summer and Dell's device could be one of them.
When Microsoft and Qualcomm came together to work on WoA, they could sell their story to only a handful of OEMs. HP debuted the Envy x2 and Asus bought forth the NovaGo — fine notebooks but with some glaring shortcomings given their pricing. Lenovo was also onboard with the Miix 630 that made its debut at CES 2018. Dell, however, chose to adopt the wait and watch approach given Microsoft's abysmal tryst with Windows RT and Windows Phone. This was revealed by Dell representatives themselves during the German release of the new Dell XPS 13 and the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1. But with Microsoft seemingly giving the impression of not giving up this time and Qualcomm looking to release exclusive SoCs for WoA, it looks like Dell is convinced now is the time to test the waters.
We still do not know what kind of WoA device Dell plans to introduce. All sources so far point to Dell toying with the idea of a foldable device not very much unlike the 'Surface Phone' concepts we've been seeing so far. However, there's no guarantee that this device would even make it to production and there's every possibility that all we might see is another ARM-powered ultrabook.
Speaking of ARM-powered ultrabooks, some codenames for upcoming WoA notebooks have surfaced. Lenovo's first WoA device could be the 'ELZE1' or 'Europa' powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850. HP is working on a possible successor to the Envy x2 codenamed 'Chimera 2'. In case you're not aware, 'Chimera' was the codename for the original ARM-powered HP Envy x2. Asus, too, is working on 'Thanos', which will also be powered by a high-end Qualcomm chip. WinFuture reports that the manufacturing of the HP 'Chimera 2' is being undertaken by Quanta — one of the world's largest contract notebook manufacturers while Compal has landed orders for Lenovo's 'Europe'.
While it is too early to speculate any availability, it is possible that the HP 'Chimera 2' will be carried by Verizon and Sprint in the US, EE in the UK, and Optus in Australia. Current information points to an aggressive release schedule, possibly as early as this summer. It remains to be seen if this schedule would indeed be met.