Last year Microsoft and Qualcomm announced Microsoft’s Windows 10 on Snapdragon Always Connected PC initiative which would deliver laptops with 20-hour battery life which would only have to be charged once per week and which would deliver faster than WIFI Gigabit LTE connectivity anywhere in the world.
At the event, Sprint was the first carrier to announce their support, and now Qualcomm has announced a further 4 carriers which will be supporting ACPC in H1 20018.
The list includes:
- China – China Telecom
- Italy – TIM (Telecom Italia)
- U.K. – EE
- U.S. – Sprint, Verizon
“We continually look for ways to redefine the mobile experience for customers, which is why we developed the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC platform,” said Don McGuire, vice president, global product marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With the commitment of leading mobile operators worldwide, the Always Connected PC will offer consumers one of the most comprehensive mobile computing experiences, with always on connectivity of up-to Gigabit LTE speeds and ‘beyond all-day’ battery life packaged into innovative, thin and light PC designs.”
“The collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies has resulted in a new category for the PC – the Always Connected PC. It combines the connectivity and the simplicity of the smartphone with the power and creative capability of the Windows 10 PC, transforming how we work and play,” said Matt Barlow, corporate vice president, Windows and devices, Microsoft. “With the support of our mobile operator partners, consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy superfast connectivity over LTE networks at an affordable price, anytime and anywhere.”
Devices are expected to hit the market around Q2 2018. Read more about the technology here.