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Leading the way in Always Connected PCs

Aug 31, 2017

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We recently announced the first OEMs planning to build Windows 10 PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform. These sleek, innovative Windows PCs are designed to offer an always on, always connected experience with beyond all day battery life and lightning fast LTE: open the lid, authenticate with Windows Hello, and the display instantly turns on and has all your data synced with the cloud — just like your smartphone.

At the heart of these breakthrough experiences are innovations from Qualcomm Technologies, driven by our more than 30 years of mobile leadership. Our inventions continue to lead the way in mobile, with the next generation of Always Connected PCs.

Always Connected

An Always Connected experience requires an Internet connection that’s always available. Wi-Fi is a great way to connect, but its reach can be limited. With Wi-Fi only, your PC experience is restricted to places with a Wi-Fi connection — your home, work office, or favorite coffee shop.

On the other hand, built-in 4G LTE connectivity can give you the freedom to access the internet virtually anywhere, anytime, no matter where you are in the world, just like a smartphone.

Over 10 years ago, we pioneered the first Always Connected PC by releasing the world’s first cellular modem for laptops. This early modem featured CDMA2000 1x to deliver around 144 kilobits per second (kbps), or .144 megabits per second (Mbps). Since then we’ve launched even faster modems and over a thousand PCs have shipped with Qualcomm Technologies’ 3G/4G modems.

Currently, you can choose from more than 100 Always Connected PCs that feature Snapdragon X5 and X7 LTE modems. The Snapdragon X5 LTE modem supports download speeds up to 150 Mbps, and Snapdragon X7 supports up to 300 Mbps. You can find these modems in laptops from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Microsoft and more.

Our Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform features our industry leading Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. Some Windows PCs with Snapdragon can support Gigabit LTE, with download speeds up to 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps). That’s 3 – 7x faster than the average U.S. broadband speed. Bottom line: The Snapdragon X16 modem is designed to support an “Always Connected” Internet experience that’s faster than most Wi-Fi networks in homes and offices.

Currently there are nearly 200 LTE Advanced networks worldwide. In February, Telstra launched the world’s first Gigabit LTE network with 36 more network operators in the US, Europe, and Asia either deploying or trialing the technology. More Gigabit LTE networks are on the way.

Stay tuned to learn more on how Windows PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform are delivering breakthrough user experiences.

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Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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