HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)

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The Envy X2 is very similar to numerous Surface Pro types of computers that already exist, while the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop.

There's now no firm Asus NovaGo release date, but an Asus spokesperson told us that it's expected to arrive in early Spring in the USA, while it's likely to arrive in Europe (the UK, France, Germany and Italy) during Q2 of 2018.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen was on hand to reveal the Asus NovaGo, an ultra-thin and light convertible laptop powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB of memory and 256GB of Universal Flash Storage 2.0 (UFS 2.0), which is capable of speeds up to 1,400Mbps.

We expect further details to head the bill at tomorrows Qualcomm Tech Summit keynote, but for now we have no further information on the chip, other than it will be manufacturered by Samsung, just like the Snapdragon 835.

The HP ENVY x2 combines the best of Windows and with the smartphone freedom.

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These devices are deigned to be always on like your phone and Asus says the NovaGo will offer more than 30 days of standby time. The machine will come with Windows 10 S pre-installed and will only run applications from Microsoft's Windows Store.

Qualcomm promised higher battery life when it announced the endeavor to create Always On Windows devices with its Snapdragon 835 SoC, and if Asus and HP's claims are true, these devices certainly appear to deliver on that promise. The Envy x2 will also support an active stylus that is Windows Ink certified for activities such as note-taking and illustration. The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD will be available for $599, the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for $799.

For connectivity, the Envy x2 has a single USB-C port which will serve for both charging the tablet as well as connecting external devices.

The big unknowns at this point, other than whether or not HP's battery life claims hold up to our own lab tests, is how the Snapdragon chip will stack up performance- and price-wise compared with competing Intel-powered PCs. The new version looks more like a Microsoft Surface Book, complete with a folding keyboard cover and a kickstand, and a holder for the included HP Digital Pen.

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