Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10 Ultraportables Expected To Rule Low-End PC Market
That's assuming these devices live up to the hype. These new devices with Snapdragon inside come with claims of extended battery life in the range of 20-25 hours, or even higher. As it stands, a laptop with a claimed run time of 8-12 hours is considered to have excellent battery life, and these new Windows 10 devices will purportedly last twice as long. In some cases, we are talking several days before needing a charge.
The folks at Digitimes Research are certainly optimistic. Their analysis leads them to believe that these
It's not just battery life that has people excited, either. These upcoming devices will feature wireless LTE connectivity. That could prove a boon for road warriors who often find themselves searching for a Wi-Fi connection, and either having to settle for offline usage or go through their phone.
On the flip side, there are some challenges Qualcomm and Microsoft face. One of them is performance. Can an ARM processor really handle the kinds of tasks that are currently performed on x86 hardware? We have seen some impressive demos so far, but will have a better idea when we get our hands on a shipping system for a full review.
There is also the price point. It seems that most of these systems will range in price from $600 to $800 (or $599 to $799, as hardware makers like to present the figures). It remains to be seen if buyers will be willing to plunk down that kind of cash for an ARM-based laptop, even with the promise of extended battery life.