Snapdragon 845 Windows Laptops Coming in 2018
So we recently saw 2 new windows devices coming out with the Snapdragon 835 chip powering them. These are the same chips that you will find at the core of most Android smartphones. This will bring a whole host of benefits which we will cover in this article.
Releasing the 2 Snapdragon 835 devices was a bit of an odd move though considering that the Snapdragon 845 chip is due to be launched in Q1 of 2018 along with some ARM based windows laptops to go with them. At least it gives us an insight into what we can expect when the 845 variants come out.
We have some basic specs on these newly released Snapdragon 835 laptops and once they are released to the public we will get our hands on them and benchmark them to see how they stack up with their competition from Intel and AMD.
Asus Nova Go Snapdragon 835 Laptop
The Asus NovaGo is the more conventional of the two Snapdragon 835 devices to come out. It takes a more traditional clam style laptop shape and will appeal to those who are looking to do some serious work.
Asus NovaGo Specs
- Snapdragon 835
- 13.3 Inch Screen
- 20-25 Hour Battery Life
- 8GB Ram
- 14.9mm Thick
Also released was the Envy x2 2-in-1 tablet/laptop. This is a device similar to the Microsoft Surface tablet but without the fancy hinge.
We now have a hands-on review of the HP Envy x2 here.
HP Envy X2 Specs
- Snapdragon 835
- 12.3 Inch Screen
- 20 Hour Battery Life
- 8GB Ram
- 6.9mm Thick
Why use Snapdragon in a Laptop
Battery life is the big one here. The current offering of ultrabooks with Intel chips at the core are getting 10-15 hours worth of video playback at best, with a lot of them getting under 10 hours. This seems great when compared to 5 years ago.
However, these new Snapdragon laptops are boasting true multi-day batteries. The current Snapdragon 835 laptops that were just released are looking to get 20-25 hours battery life which means most people can ditch the power cord.
Snapdragon 845 chips however, are boasting a 30% increase in performance and battery life so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Snapdragon 845 windows laptops releasing with 30+ hours of battery life, which is insane!
Snapdragon 845 chips also run cooler and because of this they don’t require active cooling. This means laptops can be made thinner and leave more space for more juicy batteries.
Another benefit is because the Snapdragon 845 chip is a “SOC (System on a chip)”, it conserves a lot of space by having everything on the one board. Which again leaves more space for battery.
Snapdragon 845 Performance
The Snapdragon 845 will be sporting a Kryo 385 CPU and based on the current 835 chip we are expecting the Snapdragon 845 to be almost on par with an Intel i3 Processor. So don’t expect it to be a powerhouse for editing videos. But it should be fine for the regular user who is just looking to do a bit of browsing or light work.
As for GPU performance, we wouldn’t expect this to be running AAA gaming titles at 100fps but it will be plenty powerful enough for 4k video playback and should be capable of playing similar games to what you would find on your android devices.
These new Windows laptops are expected to launch with Windows 10S, but just like their Intel counterparts, you should be able to upgrade for free. Windows is emulating the x86 architecture through ARM, however some programs have already been rewritten to take full advantage of the ARM architecture (Chrome for example) and hopefully more will follow suit.
Because of the x86 emulation though it means that some programs may not run quite as well until they are rewritten to take full advantage of the new architecture. This also extends to benchmarking software which has been used to measure the performance of the Snapdragon processors. So we won’t get a full idea of how they perform until these laptops are released and the software can be optimized for them.
We don’t know yet just how much of an impact this emulation will have on performance, but windows has been working on this for years and have learned from the mistakes they made with the first Surface tablet.
So another feature that these laptops will have over their Intel counterparts is that just like your mobile phone, these Snapdragon powered windows laptops will have LTE connectivity.
This is great news for those who are constantly burning through their mobile batteries by tethering to their phones burning through their restrictive tethering allowance.
It also means that your laptop will essentially be always on, just like your phone. So you can receive notifications and have everything instantly available.
Should You Buy One?
So Should you buy one of these new Snapdragon laptops?. We would say that you should skip the first generation of Snapdragon 835 devices and wait for the Snapdragon 845 variants which are just around the corner.
Once the Snapdragon 835 devices are released we will be able to get a proper look at how they perform and can see exactly how they will fit in the marketplace. From what we have seen so far though, these laptops will suit people who need a small and light device with a huge battery life but don’t need massive amounts of performance.
These new devices will suit 90% of people who just need a laptop for surfing the web and doing light work.