Qualcomm announces latest Snapdragon 845 processor

Lynne Hanson
December 6, 2017

(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.

There's no word yet on the pricing or availability for the Asus NovaGo, but HP said that the Envy x2 would be arriving in the United Kingdom in February, starting at £999 with a keyboard and active pen included.

However, no pricing was announced so we're hoping that HP can keep the starting price similar to the Asus NovaGo - the other device with Snapdragon - which starts at $599.

While you'll obviously have WiFi too, our expectation is that you're probably going to struggle to buy a NovaGo or ENVY x2 without activating a data connection at the same time. For a start, you can only download and install software from the Windows Store - that'll include things like a "specially optimized" version of Office 365 for Snapdragon-powered machines, Microsoft says. "According to PC Magazine, the machine has a 12.3" screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a fanless 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 835, and just 4 GB of memory. So on the outside it doesn't really look any different to other 2-in-1s that run Intel or any other chip.

This announcement is also a win for GizmoChina, which predicted the "early December" unveiling for the Snapdragon 845 way back in October.

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The combination of Windows 10 and Snapdragon aims to offer various things including wonderful battery life, performance and connectivity. Impressive stuff, especially when it comes to the 22 hours of playback on a notebook.

That's not all as standy time is quoted at 700 hours and HP says you can get 0-90 percent charge in just 90 minutes.

Microsoft today unveiled its first line of "Always Connected" PCs, a new generation of computers with built-in LTE connectivity and extra-long battery life.

The NovaGo will have a 4X4 MIMO antenna array for high-speed, Gigabit-class 4G connectivity and will have up to 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage and 8GB of RAM.

Having a Snapdragon 835 also meant a promise for thinner designs and the Envy x2, made from machined aluminium is just 6.9mm and 680g. That means that you'll need to use the tray table when you're on an airplane. No UK prices were announced at the conference but a United States price of $599 for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and $799 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB look very reasonable indeed. Perhaps more fundamental, is ARM at the core the end-goal for Windows 10 devices without discrete graphics chips?

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