Today marks the beginning of a new era of personal computing and ASUS is proud to be paving the way with Qualcomm Technologies and other companies to develop this new landscape for "Always Connected" Windows on Snapdragon PCs. 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. Users can expect to run League of Legends, DOTA 2 and CS:GO at 1920x1080, and Overwatch and Quake Champions at 1280x720, and still get between 43fps and 66fps depending on the quality settings used.
Both the ASUS and HP convertibles offer up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, although the NovaGo uses UFS 2.0 that should allow for faster memory access and lower power consumption.
Besides an always-on PC and vast battery life, one of the other benefits of a Snapdragon processor is that no cooling fan is required, so the Envy x2 will always be free of annoying fan noise. The companies announced all-new Windows on ARM PCs, including HP's Envy x2 and ASUS's NovaGo. So there's a new rival for Intel and AMD in the laptop market.
The ASUS NovaGo is being touted as the first Gigabit LTE laptop that is able to efficiently stay connected while lasting all day - up to 22 hours.
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Being always connected wherever I am whether I am in the vehicle, airport or coffee shop, always being connected just feels like the most natural, safe and secure way to work with teams and be creative. These machines run full Windows 10 - so not some crippled Windows RT nonsense - and support 32bit x86 applications.
On the specs front, the Envy X2 is definitely the more premium-looking of the two models, and has a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
It is compatible with Windows Ink styluses, Windows Hello authentication as well as Cortana.
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 NovaGo's screen can't be detached, but it does rotate 360 degrees for tablet mode.