We reported a few days ago Microsoft and Qualcomm’s claim that Windows 10 on ARM will have unbelievable battery life.
At the time the information was presented in anecdotal form with Don McGuire, the VP of Global Product Marketing at Qualcomm saying “To be frank, it’s actually beyond our expectations. We set a high bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that…” and Windows group program manager Pete Bernard saying “… it just has a great battery life. So people are getting used to this concept of having a device that you don’t have to charge…”
Fudzilla, however, managed to extract some real numbers from Cristiano Amon, EVP at Qualcomm Technologies, and they are equally astonishing.
He claimed a typical setup could achieve 29 hours of straight Netflix viewing on WIFI, and on an LTE/WIFI equipped model 20+ hours would be reasonable. By comparison a typical Surface Pro promises only 9-10 hours video playback without WIFI, putting the ARM model in a different class.
Qualcomm’s McGuire has earlier said users would only need to charge their device “every couple of days or so.”
Microsoft and Qualcomm are already testing many Always Connected PCs internally, and they are expecting to start shipping the first just in time for the holidays this December. Notably, Lenovo won’t be able to get its Always Connected PC ready in time for the holidays.