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Battery life on ARM based Windows 10 laptops ‘amazing’
October 22, 2017, 4:16 pm

Microsoft first unveiled its plans for ARM-powered Windows laptops last year. The new devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, and will support traditional desktop Meanwhile, Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all preparing devices, and it seems like battery life will be a key selling point.

During a Qualcomm summit in Hong Kong last week, Microsoft and Qualcomm dropped some hints at what to expect from new ARM-powered laptops, including 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 describes the ARM-powered devices as a “game-changer” for laptops, but there is still no news about when Microsoft plans to unveil these new ARM-powered laptops, and what kind of performance they will provide for desktop apps. Microsoft demonstrated Photoshop running on an ARM chip last year, alongside full video playback and Office support. The software giant has spent the past year testing and tweaking its ARM implementation, and we should be able to get a closer look at it later this year.

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