At Qualcomm’s Snapdragon summit Microsoft and Qualcomm promised a PC from Lenovo running Microsoft’s new Always Connected PC initiative on ARM, and now the first indication of the devices’ actual existence has popped up on Geekbench.
The device is expected to be unveiled at CES 2018, but it appears at present that it is unlikely we will see any Always Connected PCs ship until Redstone 4, though of course any of the companies, which now includes HP, Asus, and Samsung and Xaiomi rumoured, could easily surprise us.
When the devices do arrive however it should offer us a wide range of designs and price points, which will hopefully result in a successful launch for the platform.
Always Connected PCs promise all-day battery life, 30 day standby times and compatibility with x86 applications, despite running on ARM. They will be targetted at both businesses and consumers and many will be sold via carrier retail channels. For businesses, they offer connectivity and manageability wherever the employee is while consumers are expected to need to charge their laptop only once per week, and would appreciate the thin form factors and fanless designs.