Computex 2017: Microsoft teases mixed reality headsets and 'Always-Connected' PCs

Lynne Hanson
June 2, 2017

The launch train motors along at Computex on Day 3 with big announcements, so strap in and hop on for the ride as we bring you all the big launches from Day 3. "Together, we are building new experiences for customers, generating demand and ultimately, creating growth in existing and new categories including Mixed Reality, Internet of Things, and Always Connected PCs with Intel and Qualcomm".

Likewise, the world's biggest PC makers are committed to Microsoft's new always-connected PC category. The platform features an operating environment-native to Windows 10 devices-that essentially allows compatible headsets to run any Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. Microsoft says that a staggering 20,000 UWP apps are already available for Mixed Reality headsets.

Microsoft on Wednesday showcased an innovative Windows Mixed Reality headsets designed with the help from partners like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo at the information and communication technology (ICT) show "Computex 2017". However, that doesn't mean that Microsoft is moving away from devices powered by Intel's x86-based chips.

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The Snapdragon 835 will provide these next-gen devices with superior thermal handling and greater power efficiency, enabling fanless designs with longer battery life, attributed to it being on the leading 10nm process node. The built-in modem will be able to support peak download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), Qualcomm said. In addition, the Snapdragon 835's mobile PC platform will also feature 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO for "optimal Wi-Fi connectivity on the go", Qualcomm said.

Back at Build 2017, the Redmond giant previously showed off and announced the availability of dev kits for Acer's and HP's headset and the word's first Windows Mixed Reality Motion controllers, but today the company put more focus on Dell's and ASUS' headsets.

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