PC manufacturers Asus, HP and Lenovo are working on Windows 10 laptops with a mobile ARM based Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and 4G internet. The used SoC is the same as currently used in many Android devices and the device should be ‘Always Connected’, Microsoft announced at Computex Taiwan.
Windows devices normally work on CPUs from Intel and AMD and not on the ARM architecture. Microsoft will therefore release an update this year that should add support for running regular x86 software, on ARM based CPUs, through emulation.
Because Microsoft thinks that there is a group of users that always need to access the cloud, the Windows 10 laptops will always be connected to the internet if there is a LTE network nearby. To connect to the web, the laptops come with an embedded SIM (eSIM).
Besides Asus, HP and Lenovo, also Xiaomi, Huawei and Vaio plan to come with Windows 10 devices with eSIM and LTE.