First Wave of Operators Announce an Ecosystem Collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft to Help Support Fast, Easy and Affordable Wireless Connectivity
Qualcomm and Microsoft have announced that leading mobile operators from around the world will support the Always Connected PC category, bringing easy and affordable connectivity plans to consumers on advanced LTE wireless networks.
Select operators in some countries will also stock Always Connected PCs in their owned retail locations. Three new Windows 10 devices powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile PC platform from OEM brands Asus, HP and Lenovo will utilize mobile operators’ blazing fast LTE networks, supporting mobile computing virtually anytime, anywhere.
“We continually look for ways to redefine the mobile experience for customers, which is why we developed the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC platform,” said Don McGuire, vice president, global product marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With the commitment of leading mobile operators worldwide, the Always Connected PC will offer consumers one of the most comprehensive mobile computing experiences, with always on connectivity of up-to Gigabit LTE speeds* and ‘beyond all-day’ battery life packaged into innovative, thin and light PC designs.”
Through the first half of 2018 and continuing through the year, these Always Connected PCs will be able to utilize the blazing fast LTE speeds on the following leading mobile operator networks in China, Italy, U.K. and U.S.
◦China – China Telecom
◦Italy – TIM (Telecom Italia)
◦U.K. – EE
◦U.S. – Sprint, Verizon
“The collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies has resulted in a new category for the PC – the Always Connected PC. It combines the connectivity and the simplicity of the smartphone with the power and creative capability of the Windows 10 PC, transforming how we work and play,” said Matt Barlow, corporate vice president, Windows and devices, Microsoft. “With the support of our mobile operator partners, consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy superfast connectivity over LTE networks at an affordable price, anytime and anywhere.”
This announcement comes on the heels of the second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in December where the first Windows on Snapdragon device, the 2-in-1 convertible ASUS NovaGo was announced which is expected to be available early this year, and a detachable HP ENVY x2 Windows on Snapdragon Mobile PC, release date to be determined.
At CES, Lenovo announced the details of their new Always Connected PC the Miix 630 featuring the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform and Windows 10 S for a secure, streamlined experience.