We reported recently that it appears the first generation Windows on ARM laptops will only be hitting the market in Spring 2018 (ie start of Q2 2018).
This, of course, misses the holiday shopping season by a wide mark and is not exactly the right time for back to school either.
Now it appears those who do purchase an HP Envy X2 or Asus NovaGo in April 2018 may soon have buyers remorse, as the next generation, powered by the powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, may arrive as soon as July 2018.
Fudzilla reports that Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, has confirmed that Windows 10 on ARM devices will be hitting the market in the second half of 2018. Of course, the second half of 2018 includes the Q4 holiday season, but Fudzilla suspects the devices may be ready sooner for the back to school season.
The news is particularly significant because early benchmarks of devices running the Snapdragon 835 processor bring to mind 2014 netbook-level performance rather than something from 2017.
Microsoft’s one saving grace is that they will be targeting enterprise users rather than consumers with their Always Connected PCs, and those users are likely not as sensitive to technology cycles.
Regular consumers however probably better off letting the first generation take the arrows, particularly because the second generation will be so soon after.