Microsoft and Qualcomm Team Up To Create Notebooks That Last Days On a Single Charge
Battery life is the bane of consumer electronics. For all the awesome things your smartphone, tablet or laptop can do, the risk of a dying battery keeps users us tethered to wall outlets thus severely limiting the mobility of these mobile platforms. Smartphones are particularly troublesome as users are often lucky to get a full day’s use out of their phones let alone multiple day’s worth. However, Trusted Reviews reports that Microsoft may be making progress on that front in the realm of notebook computers.
Speaking at the Qualcomm 5G Summit, Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, said that the company’s upcoming line of Windows 10 Snapdragon 835 laptops would be a “game-changer” in terms of battery life. The exact figures haven’t been revealed yet, but Microsoft is promising big things for its line of “Always Connected” PCs.
“To be frank, it’s actually beyond our expectations,” Bernard said. “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.”
Currently, Microsoft says they are testing “hundreds” of devices, but, as of right now, they only have three manufacturers on board: HP, Asus, and Lenovo. Unfouratnely, this means the devices, which are expected to launch this December, will be rather expensive. However, Bernard said that he is hopeful that prices will go down once more partners come onboard.
“Over time, there’s going to be a portfolio of devices from manufacturers. We’ve had some conversations with other OEMs too, for future devices, that are very exciting about bringing their own spin.”
We should learn more regarding pricing and availability in the coming months.
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