Qualcomm hints Snapdragon PCs are coming

Microsoft demoed Windows 10 Enterprise edition running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor late last year.               Image Microsoft

Microsoft demoed Windows 10 Enterprise edition running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor late last year. Image Microsoft

Although traditionally, desktops and laptops running Windows 10 have been powered by Intel and AMD processors, with the ever-evolving nature of competitor hardware like Qualcomm's Snapdragon line - which uses ARM architecture - that won't last forever.

"Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 835 will expanding into mobile PC designs running Windows 10", and it's scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter.

The release of Snapdragon-based Windows 10 PCs in Q4 of the calendar year was confirmed by Qualcomm president Derek Aberle on an earnings call with investors.

While that doesn't signal a crusade against the traditional Windows 10 desktop, it looks like Qualcomm-powered laptops and/or tablets will be coming to the Windows sphere by the end of the year.

Just ahead of an education themed May 2 media event from Microsoft, a leaked document added a little more intrigue to the Windows-on-ARM saga.

They will likely be thin and lightweight and, as Qualcomm and Microsoft are referring to them as cellular PCs, will offer cellular connectivity like a smartphone.

Most of the design cues will come from smartphones and is being dubbed a cellular PC by Qualcomm and Microsoft.

There are also questions about the number of x86 applications that will be compatible with ARM PCs, a major issue with Windows RT. That's a big promise, but one that could change the complexion of the Windows 10 market if successful. As we speculated at the time, the power efficiency of the chip (i.e. without the portable device's battery going flat way too quickly) would also play a key part.

Companies like HP are also looking into this field as it could be the future of PCs but there is a lot of uncertainty as well.

Are you excited to see ARM-based Windows 10 devices?

However, despite ARM-based servers being available for more than five years, they have failed to make a significant impact on the data center market, possibly as a result of Intel lowering the energy consumption of its processors in recent years and introducing its low-power Atom processors to the server market.

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