Microsoft will be launching its new laptop with a multi-day battery life. This ARM-powered laptop will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 systems-on-chip (SoC). It will support traditional desktop apps courtesy an emulator in Windows 10.
During the Qualcomm summit in Hong Kong, Microsoft hinted at what to expect from the laptop. Qualcomm had earlier promised that it will deliver such a laptop by the end of this year which, reportedly, the company is still committed to. However, Microsoft has not declared any date for the launch yet.
“To be frank, it’s actually beyond our expectations,” a report in The Verge quoted Pete Bernard, a program manager at Microsoft.
“We set a high bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that. It’s the kind of battery life where I use it on a daily basis. I don’t take my charger with me. I may charge it every couple of days or so. It’s that kind of battery life.”
However, this is not the first attempt by Microsoft to come with ARM-powered laptop. It had previously promised great battery life with Windows RT which was a grand fiasco and fell short of its promises. The experiment was unable to run desktop applications. Expectedly, Microsoft will try to avoid any mess again.
Microsoft had held a demonstration where it ran Adobe Photoshop on ARM-powered laptop. The laptop also ran an office application and videos alongside, as per The Verge report.
ARM, or Advanced RISC Machine architecture was developed by British ARM Holdings which provides licences to other chip manufacturers to build their own products.
Processors that have RISC (reduced instruction set computing) architecture typically require fewer transistors than those with a complex instruction set computing (CISC) architecture (such as the x86 or x64 processors found in most personal computers), which improves cost, power consumption, and heat dissipation.