Qualcomm purportedly has a wide range of Snapdragon SoCs ready for Windows laptops
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In an exchange between Fudzilla and executive VP of Qualcomm's mobile business unit Cristiano Amon, the chipmaker has apparently been hard at work adapting its lineup of ARM-based Snapdragon SoCs for Windows laptops in order to meet an early 2018 launch window. Manufacturers like Microsoft and HP are supposedly already looking at integrating the Snapdragon 835 and even the unannounced Snapdragon 845 onto new devices scheduled for next year.
The timing of the news is appropriately a month ahead of CES 2018 and almost a full year since Qualcomm announced its partnership with Microsoft to better refine the Windows 10 operating system for Snapdragon SoCs. The HP comment is especially plausible considering that an ARM-based HP laptop was discovered early last month with the Snapdragon 835. All early rumblings point to a surge of affordable ARM-based Windows 10 notebooks and convertibles from major manufacturers set to debut at Las Vegas.
It's very likely that Qualcomm will be targeting Intel's low-power Core m series given the very low TDP of Snapdragon SoCs. Fanless netbooks and tablets such as the Lenovo Ideapad 120s, certain SKUs of the Surface Pro tablet, and the HP Elite x2 1012 could all be ideal candidates for Snapdragon processors.