Microsoft’s ARM Powered Laptops Will Arrive In Q4
Last year, Microsoft announced it’s plan to bring Windows desktop apps to ARM mobile processors. Microsoft is already allowing partners to build laptops, with a version of Windows 10 that’ll support ARM chips through an emulator. The laptops will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, but they’ll still run Chrome or Photoshop. Every desktop app will run on an emulator which could cause some hiccups.
While many were expecting to start seeing ARM-powered Windows laptops already, we’ll have to wait. The new timeline is later this year. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said during the company’s latest investor call that their Snapdragon 835 is making their way to mobile PCs that run Windows 10. They’re scheduled to launch this year in the fourth quarter – and that’s the calendar quarter.
Microsoft won’t have ARM powered laptops until late this year
Some were predicting to see Microsoft upcoming education event to feature these ARM powered laptops. The idea is ARM powered laptops would cost less than the Intel versions, a perfect place for the education market. ARM laptops, while less powerful would still have access to a full suite of desktop apps. That’s something Chromebooks have struggled with for years now.
Microsoft still hasn’t announced any laptop partners, but it’s believed Lenovo is working on a prototype. Where we’ll see more information is during Build developer conference. A lot of the transition would come need help from developers. The apps would need to be optimized to work on a new chipset and emulator.
Tell us in the comments below what you think about the idea of laptops powered by a Snapdragon 835. Do you think you’d like your phone and laptop to run on the same processor?