Asus NovaGo, world's first gigabit LTE laptop launched, price starts at $599

Camille Francis
December 6, 2017

It promises to provide better power efficiencies, reliable performance, and always-on connectivity compared to the x86 Intel-based computers that have existed so far.

Qualcomm partnered with ASUS and HP to have some of their new Snapdragon 835-powered laptops on display with some impressive designs on show.

It is compatible with Windows Ink styluses, Windows Hello authentication as well as Cortana. "ASUS and HP have worked hand in hand with us to deliver on pushing the boundaries of what a PC can do, and we continue to work closely with Lenovo as they build their own Always Connected PC", Myerson writes. Qualcomm and Microsoft together hope that this family of thin, light, Windows 10 device will reverse those fortunes. It has some edge over the Intel-powered laptops.

Regarding operating systems, both devices run Windows 10 S but can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free. However, connectivity on the NovaGo includes 2x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, as well as an HDMI Port and Micro-SD card slot for memory expansion allowing for more options than the HP Envy x2.

This new Always Connected PC is ultrathin, beautifully designed, running Windows 10 and a new, optimized version of Office 365.

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The HP Envy x2 is more akin to a Microsoft Surface, with the ability to be used as a tablet, placed upright with a hinged stand on the back of the device, or connected to a keyboard mat.

The Snapdragon 845 is (wait for it!) a direct successor to the Snapdragon 835, which can be found lingering inside devices like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2, and Moto Z2 Force. The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD will be available for $599, the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $799.

The Snapdragon 845 will be paired with Qualcomm's X20 LTE modem, offering up to gigabit connectivity on networks that support Category 18 LTE technology.

More details are to come in a press junket, including the release timeframe. It's no secret powering these PCs with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips would enable this functionality, so it makes sense to capitalize on it.

We expect to hear more about the Snapdragon 845 tomorrow, so stay tuned for more.

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