In what could possibly be the biggest shake-up to Windows in years, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced the first ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs today, promising all-day battery life and ubiquitous connectivity. With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 at their heart, the new ultraportables may look like their Intel and AMD counterparts at first glance, but there are some very good reasons inside why you might want one of these ARM-based models instead. Read on for what you need to know.
The battery life promises are huge
Your smartphone lasts all day; your laptop manages maybe half of that, if you’re lucky. Now, Qualcomm wants to bring the sort of power expectations from phones and tablets to laptops and 2-in-1s. One of the big advantages of a chipset like the Snapdragon 835, which was created with devices that have small batteries in mind, is that it’s far more frugal with its power needs than a regular x86 Intel or AMD processor.
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