Qualcomm: ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs are coming later this year

Microsoft has attempted ARM-based PCs in the past with its Windows RT lineup, and those attempts failed. Snapdragon PCs will most likely be powered by Snapdragon 835.

"We have an opportunity to disrupt the existing suppliers of the PC and the data center", Mollenkopf said during an April 19 earnings call, transcribed by SeekingAlpha (via PCWorld).

Chip maker Qualcomm has confirmed that "mobile" Windows 10 PCs built around its Snapdragon 835 system-on-a-chip (SoC) - which powers the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone in the U.S. - will be released between October and December.

"Our Snapdragon 835 is expanding into Mobile PC designs running Windows 10, which are scheduled to launch in the fourth calendar quarter this year", said Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf during the company's latest investor call.

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The SoC's key features include the Qualcomm's Kryo 280 octa-core CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with one gigabit per second downloads, Bluetooth 5.0, and Qualcomm's latest Quick Charge 4.0 technology.

No major PC maker has yet announced an ARM-based Windows PC, though there's a company running a Kickstarter campaign to build an 8.2-inch device. HP wants to see if there's enough demand for such a device before making a decision. Windows 10 on ARM device will surely start a new era of computing. But.? That's because Microsoft is building an emulator directly into the OS capable of handling Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and other desktop staples.

Support for Windows 10 on new Snapdragon processors should also boost Windows 10's appeal on smartphones, allowing handsets to run a full version of Windows and its apps. During the initial announcement of Windows 10 on ARM processors, Microsoft stated that the company plans on releasing the first Windows 10 PCs powered by Qualcomm's ARM processors in 2017. Considering the Snapdragon processors with their ARM RISC instruction sets are designed around mobile hardware, a highly portable Windows 10 machine would be a good fit for a first generation of Windows device powered by Qualcomm hardware.

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