ASUS Snapdragon laptops are here, bringing epic battery life

Rumour has it the next Microsoft Surface device will carry a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, rather than the Intel Core chips traditionally associated with Windows notebooks.

Today we saw the first evidence of the potential with two new laptops from ASUS and HP, which are the first full Windows 10 machines to run a Snapdragon processor.

The HP Envy x2 and ASUS NovaGo both run the Snapdragon 835 chipset we’ve seen in high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 range.

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Both notebooks also feature the Snapdragon X16 modem, which enables Gigabit LTE speeds, as well as eSIM functionality for easy network switching while moving between countries.

The touchscreen convertibles both bring up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage to the table, while both running the full version of Windows 10.

However, the highlight is unquestionably the promise of 20-hour battery life from both devices.

There are differences between the models, mind. The HP Envy x2 has a 12-inch 1080p screen, while the NovaGo is 13.3-inches.

HP’s laptop will go on sale in early 2018 in the UK and the United States as well as Italy, France, Germany, China and Taiwan.

We’re still waiting on a UK price, but the Asus NovaGo will start at just $599 for a version with 4GB and 64GB storage and that price will increase to $799 if you want 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

It was also teased during the event that Lenovo will be announcing its own Snapdragon 835 laptop during CES in January.

Do you think you’ll move towards a Snapdragon powered laptop for the battery life and mobile connectivity? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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