ASUS introduces NovaGo, its first Snapdragon 835-powered Windows laptop

Jessica Dolcourt  CNET

The Snapdragon 835 processor on the ASUS NovaGo has four Kryo 280 Performance cores with a clock speed of 2.45GHz and four Kryo Efficiency cores clocked at 1.9GHz.

At an event in Maui, Hawaii, Qualcomm took the wraps off the first Windows 10 ARM laptops. This ultrathin and light convertible laptop is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile PC platform, and features a Gigabit Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for download speeds exceeding that of typical home Wi-Fi.

The devices in question are none other than Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy x2, both housing a Snapdragon 835 under the hood.

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The NovaGo is going to have an embedded eSIM for LTE connectivity, and with the Snapdragon X16 integrated with the processor, it should be capable of delivering stable and reliable LTE speeds. With up to 20 hours of active use battery life, the detachable PC provides flexibility and connectivity to perform daily tasks while on the go. These are first generation products but they have a ton to offer and the upcoming Snapdragon 845 Windows 10 laptops should be even more powerful. As for connectivity, it supports 802.11a/b/g/n, 2×2 802.11ac MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, audio jack, combo Nano SIM slot, memory card slot, HDMI and DC in.

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Asus says NovaGo can offer 22 hours of battery life & over 30 days of modern standby. It's fanless design makes the device weigh only 1.39kg.

Asus NovaGo features 8.9 mm thin bezels. Interestingly, it also ensures users remain connected even in sleep mode.

Asus NovaGo gets a Full HD resolution display, and it comes with 178-degree wide-view technology. The laptop supports Asus Pen as well.

Thanks to connected standby mode, all data is constantly synced to the cloud. Since it runs Windows 10, it will support all key Windows features like Windows Ink, Windows Hello and Cortana. It comes with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage, but the specs might vary by the time of release, which should be around early 2018. Other features include a 100 per cent sRGB color gamut, Asus Splendid with Asus Eye Care technology, and Asus Tru2Life Video technology. The NovaGo will first be sold in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, mainland China, and Taiwan.

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