Microsoft has teased details about the impressive battery life said to be on offer with the upcoming Windows 10 laptops powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile chips.
(Update: October 18, 2017): Qualcomm has offered even more clarity on the matter of Windows 10 Snapdragon laptop battery life.
Speaking to press at the 5G Summit in Hong Kong, Cristiano Amon, Executive VP of Qualcomm Technologies, said to expect an “extreme gain in battery life”, adding: “For Netflix streaming with LTE, we’re looking at 28, 29 hours playback. We’re looking at all-day computing with everything on in excess of 16, 17, 18 hours.”
Late last year, Microsoft revealed that it had been working with Qualcomm to debut a series of laptops powered by mobile chips. The laptops would run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 platform, which is the same chipset that powers top-tier smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, and LG V30.
One of the biggest advantages that Microsoft has suggested will come courtesy of this shift to mobile chips is the battery life. Unfortunately, we’ve had no idea exactly how good the battery life will be – until now.
Speaking to Trusted Reviews at Qualcomm’s annual 5G Summit in Hong Kong, Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, offered insight into the prospective battery life.
“The final numbers aren’t in, but the battery life is really, really good,” he told us. “Amazingly good. To be frank, it’s actually beyond our expectations. We set a higher bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that.”
He went on: “It’s the kind of battery life where I use it on a daily basis, I don’t take my charger with me. I may charge it every couple of days or so. It’s that kind of battery life.”
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Bernard added: “I would consider it a game-changer in terms of the way people have experienced PCs in the past.”
The jump in battery life is no surprise; mobile processors are highly efficient, and chipmakers have worked tirelessly to boost longevity given how important battery life is to consumers.
The Snapdragon 835 chip powering the upcoming laptops is particularly interesting because it’s built using a highly efficient 10nm manufacturing process. This means it’s actually the first time a PC will make use of a 10nm chip, highlighting how mobile is pushing the laptop industry forward in new ways.
Describing how impressive battery life is on the new machines, Bernard said: “We have hundreds of these devices being used on a daily basis in Redmond. We handed these out to all of our dev directors…and we started getting these bug reports back about the battery meter, saying the battery meter’s not working.”
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He continued: “It turned out not to be a bug; it just has great battery life.”
The first round of Windows 10 Snapdragon laptops are expected to be announced later this year, with HP, Lenovo, and Asus all confirmed as manufacturing partners.
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