Qualcomm Snapdragon Windows 10 mobile PCs/laptops offer long battery life and 4G LTE connectivity, but usually suffer from a disappointing performance/price ratio.
That means you may have to spend fairly more than you may expect for a Windows 10 Arm laptop, and for instance, Microsoft Surface Pro X goes for $999 and up with a Snapdragon 8cx based Microsoft SQ1 processor.
But much more affordable Arm laptop may not be that far off, as Microsoft published some news about their education solutions, and two new Snapdragon 7c laptops are in the works:
- JP.IK Turn T101 starting at $299
- Positivo Wise N1212S starting at $575
Both laptops promise twice the battery life and 25 percent better performance than competing platforms, as well as (4G LTE) cellular connectivity.
A $300 Arm laptop with decent performance looks promising, but so far we have very few details at this point, so I’ll speculate based on the specs of the earlier JP.IK Turn 201 laptop features on an Intel Atom x5 Cherry Trail processor, as well as Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c features.
we kids may get for $300 is 2GB LPDDR4, 32GB eMMC flash, an 11.6″ IPS display with 1366 x 768 resolution, 4G LTE Cat 15/13 up to 800 Mbps download/150 Mbps upload, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, some USB 3.1 ports, and a fairly low capacity battery (T201 has a 2,250 mAh battery).
We may not have to wait too long to get more details, as Microsoft will showcase its education solution at the Bett Show in London on January 22-25. This particular laptop will probably ever become available to consumers, but it should mean lower cost Arm (Windows 10) mobile PC may soon be offered to the general public.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.