The arrival. It is very occasionally do we hear about Windows 10 on ARM devices, but Microsoft has been confident that these machines will be on the store shelves soon.
The software titan, when first announcing this new platform back in December 2016 in WinHEC, said that the first devices running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 were on track to hit the market sometimes in late 2017.
And now, we have confirmation from Qualcomm itself that everything is coming along nicely, and the next couple of months will see some solid action on this front.
News about these devices was revealed during the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong this week, where Don McGuire, VP of Global Product Marketing for Qualcomm said that both companies will be able to respect that timeline.
“I think that expectation will be met. You’ll be hearing more from us over the next coming weeks regarding that.”
Inspires confidence, this.
Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft also echoed this statement, revealing that the company has been working with device makers on this:
“We’ve been working furiously in Redmond and with our partners in San Diego. We have hundreds of these devices being used on a daily basis in Redmond.”
He also confirmed, what the public is already anticipating. That these energy-efficient ARM chips from Qualcomm will deliver really, really good battery life on these new connected PCs:
“To be frank, it’s actually beyond our expectations. 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. I would consider it a game-changer in terms of the way people have experienced PCs in the past.”
As of right now only HP, Lenovo, and ASUS are onboard with this new initiative.
But over time, Bernard hopes, other OEMs could join the Windows 10 on ARM and create affordable new devices for buyers. Microsoft has already held conversations with other hardware makers on this, and the response has been quite encouraging.