AMD Always Connected PCs will include Qualcomm modems

Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon powered PCs

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If you've picked up a flagship phones from the likes of Google, Samsung or HTC in 2017 then the likelihood is that it'll be powered by the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform - now Qualcomm has unveiled its successor.

The powerful processor will likely also drive always connected Windows 10 PCs and will hopefully offer better benchmarks that those leaked for existing devices so far.

Along with our hardware partners HP and Asus, we showed the world the first full featured Always Connected PCs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running Windows 10 and a new, optimized version of Office 365.

AMD did not announce any specific products, but it did say that it has infused Qualcomm's Snapdragon 4G LTE modem into their Ryzen Mobile reference test platform. It has some edge over the Intel-powered laptops.

As for the specs, Asus promised up to 22 hours of video playback and over 30 days of battery life when on standby.

ASUS NovaGo is a convertible laptop with 13.3-inch 1080p display.

Thankfully though, the HP Envy x2 has alleviated all of our concerns with its impeccably thin and ambitiously premium design. The model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage runs to $799. We're talking 20 hours of battery life, rather than 8; devices that turn on as fast as an iPad, rather than taking 20 seconds to resume from sleep; and always-on LTE connectivity that doesn't drain your battery life.

The NovaGo starts with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage at $599.

Moving to the chassis, the HP Envy x2 sports a sharp and clean design that could be easily mistaken for the company's even more premium Spectre line. Both devices will ship with Windows 10S, but ASUS and HP are offering free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro before September 30, 2018.

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