In 2017 you’ll be able to pick up a Windows 10 device powered by next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
The announcement was made earlier today at the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) event in Shenzhen, China. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson (EVP, Windows and Devices Group) invited Qualcomm Technologies’ Cristiano Amon (EVP, Qualcomm Technologies & President, QCT) onstage to unveil the collaboration that will enable Windows 10 to run on our premium-tier Snapdragon processors.
Myerson demoed Windows 10 running on a slim and fan-less prototype laptop, powered by a Snapdragon processor. Commercial devices are expected to be available in the second half of 2017.
Watch a video demonstration of Windows 10 running on Snapdragon:
Windows 10 powered by Snapdragon processors will offer the same apps and features as Windows 10 on tablets, notebooks, laptops, and PCs. Devices will run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Win32 apps through emulation. In the demo video, you can see a mix of both apps, including the Microsoft Edge browser and Adobe Photoshop running fast and smooth.
Windows 10 running on Snapdragon can allow Windows hardware makers to build exciting new devices. “Qualcomm Snapdragon processors offer one of the world’s most advanced mobile computing features, including Gigabit LTE connectivity, advanced multimedia support, machine learning and superior hardware security features, all while supporting thin, fan-less designs and long battery life,” said Amon. “With compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices.”
Stayed tuned for more information on Windows 10, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon.