HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)

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(Credit: Qualcomm/YouTube) While not revealing every detail about the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm said the newest mobile processing platform would focus on six features: cameras that could take 360-degree photos, VR and AR immersion, artificial intelligence, security, Gigabit LTE and, of course, more power.

See Qualcomm's sizzle reel for the processor below.

Impressively, though, unlike the rest of the laptop and smartphone industry, the prices of these new machines will be very reasonable. Additionally, these type of PCs can run either Windows 10 or Windows 10 S: the first models from Asus and HP will actually run the more secure Windows 10 S out of the box, but customers will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free for a limited time. Just that the NovaGo is running a mobile processor does not put the device into isolation.

Built upon the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Envy x2 will be available in configurations featuring up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. Frost didn't mention a stylus, but the machine was pictured with such a pen attached to its case, so it probably supports Windows Ink.

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On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Qualcomm boasts battery life of up to 25 hours, plus instant power on and performance that is on par with an Intel computer. "The Envy x2 will have a Surface-like detachable keyboard and will be just 0.3" (6.9 mm) thick. It also says that the built-in LTE connectivity will provide significantly faster speeds than other now available LTE-equipped Windows 10 computers.

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. Out of no-where, Kevin Lensing, CVP and GM of the Client Business Unit at AMD, was invited onto the stage to announce that AMD and Qualcomm were in a connectivity partnership.

We've heard rumors that the first phone to debut with the Snapdragon 845 will be Samsung's Galaxy S9, which should be unveiled sometime in late January or early February.

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