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Qualcomm confirms Windows notebooks powered by Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm confirms Windows notebooks powered by Snapdragon 835 (Source: mspoweruser.com)
Qualcomm confirms Windows notebooks powered by Snapdragon 835 (Source: mspoweruser.com)
The Windows 10 ARM notebook is on schedule for a Q4 2017 launch as initially rumored. Qualcomm aims to challenge Intel in the mobile PC space where the chipmaker has held a near monopoly.

The partnership between Microsoft and Qualcomm will culminate later this year with the launch of a full-fledged Windows laptop powered by a Snapdragon ARM processor. Rumors about an ARM-based Windows notebook or CloudBook began swirling earlier this week from sources close to the matter.

The Windows ARM laptop should help Qualcomm push its flagship Snapdragon SoCs into the crowded mobile PC space while providing Microsoft a direct answer to the inexpensive Chromebook running Chrome OS. Longer battery life, simplified fan-less designs, and low weight are all expected from the low-power system.

How will Windows ARM run any differently from the existing under-developed Windows RT platform? For one, Microsoft has developed new software that will allow any standard Win32 application to run on the system without any major issues. Developers are subsequently not required to alter code in order to be compatible with the new Windows 10 ARM notebook. The experience should be much more seamless to the end user even if the heart of the hardware is not the familiar x86 platform.

If successful, the ARM platform will put even more pressure on Intel this year who is already facing stiff competition from AMD Ryzen and a slowing PC market. The Santa Clara chipmaker recently axed its yearly Intel Developer Forum event in order to focus on markets outside of the consumer PC space.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-04-22 (Update: 2017-04-22)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.