Xiaomi's next flagship smartphone will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip

Posted December 06, 2017

We expect further details to head the bill at tomorrows Qualcomm Tech Summit keynote, but for now we have no further information on the chip, other than it will be manufacturered by Samsung, just like the Snapdragon 835.

There are now 238 million Xiaomi mobile phones powered by Qualcomm processors. The companies announced all-new Windows on ARM PCs, including HP's Envy x2 and ASUS's NovaGo.

It the first "Always Connected" Gigabit Windows laptop and boasts better than all-day battery life thanks to its Snapdragon 835 chipset and Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. Sadly there's no carrier subsidy, unlike with a phone, to lower the cost; however, networks will nearly certainly be incentivizing retailers to push data activation on new sales. In an ideal world, you'd be able to add a Windows on Snapdragon ultraportable to your existing cellular plan for a small monthly fee, and use whatever data allowance you're already relying on for your smartphone, tablet, hotspot, car, or smartwatch. To see how all of that works, we'll have to spend more time with these machines.

Following Myserson on stage to put meat on the bones of the announcement, was Asus' Jerry Shen, announcing the Asus NovaGo - an ultraportable 2-in-1 convertible laptop running Windows 10. Pricing starts at $599.

Meanwhile, the HP ENVY x2 will borrow the detachable form-factor of the PC maker's Spectre series. Frost didn't mention a stylus, but the machine was pictured with such a pen attached to its case, so it probably supports Windows Ink.

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The HP Envy x2 will be available from Spring 2018 with no word yet as to pricing, but it looks like a promising device.

There's another big name with hardware waiting in the wings, mind. Luckily the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii has brought good news.

The potential of a full OS on a low-power mobile processor is something we've been hearing about for years.

We should have full United Kingdom pricing details very soon. That combination seems a bit anemic to us, especially when you consider that some Windows apps designed for Intel-powered machines will not run natively on the Snapdragon processor, instead requiring processor-intensive emulation. And will their competitive price tags be unduly offset by egregious data fees?

Windows 10 on ARM is a reboot of Microsoft's earlier attempts to marry mobile processors with full laptop experiences.