Microsoft first disclosed its plans for ARM-powered Windows laptops a year ago. The upcoming devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, and will support traditional desktop apps thanks to an emulator in Windows 10. While Qualcomm promised to introduce laptops before the end of 2017, we have no idea about them yet. Asus, HP and Lenovo all are preparing devices, and it looks like battery will a major selling point.
During a Qualcomm summit this week, Microsoft and Qualcomm gave us some hints about what we can expect from the upcoming ARM-powered laptops. As Trusted Reviews reports, Qualcomm has plans to introduce the device in the market by December, and that Microsoft is promising multi-day battery life. “To be frank, it’s actually beyond our expectations,” says Pete Bernard, a program manager at Microsoft. “We set a high bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that. It’s the kind of battery life where I use it on a daily basis. I don’t take my charger with me. I may charge it every couple of days or so. It’s that kind of battery life.”
Bernard terms the ARM-powered devices as a “game changer” for laptops. The company previously committed great battery life with its ARM-powered RT devices, but they failed to do so. But the company will definitely make sure to avoid such issues this time.
In an interview with ZDNet, Bernard also claims primary testers were reporting bugs saying the Windows battery meter wasn’t performing. “It turned out not to be a bug; it just has a great battery life,” explains Bernard.
We still have to wait and see how Microsoft ARM-powered laptops will turn out, and what kind of performance they’ll provide.