Asus, at the Snapdragon Summit 2017 in Maui, Hawaii, announced NovaGo, the world’s first gigabit LTE laptop. Just like Microsoft’s ‘Always Connected PC,’ the Asus NovaGo is also powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile platform and runs on Windows 10 OS. The price of Asus NovaGo starts at $599 (4GB RAM with 64GB storage), which is approximately Rs 41,500.
Asus also launched the higher-end variant of the Asus NovaGo laptop featuring 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. It is priced at $799, which roughly translates to Rs 55,200. The laptop comes with Qualcomm’s X16 LTE modem with speeds up to 1gbps, which is 3-7 times faster than average broadband speeds. The laptop comes with 4CA support along with 4×4 MIMO antennas. Based on the region, the laptop will come with eSIM or nanoSIM card connectivity options.
Being an always connected PC, the laptop comes with up to 22 hours of video playback on a single charge, and over 30 days standby. Asus says that the NovaGo is the company’s ultra-sleek and lightweight laptop, and it features instant on and resume feature.
On the hardware front, it is powered by the Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC, which is built on the 10nm process. With 4GB / 8GB RAM options, users can choose between 64GB or 256GB onboard storage. Asus NovaGo also features Windows 10 features such as Windows Ink with stylus support, Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana, and Windows Hello for biometric authentication.
Along with a range of ‘Always Connected PCs,’ Qualcomm also announced its next-gen Snapdragon 845 SoC. Xiaomi also confirmed that the company’s next flagship smartphone will be powered by the new mobile platform.
Disclaimer: The correspondent is in Maui, Hawaii on Qualcomm’s invite. Qualcomm paid for his travel and accommodation in Hawaii.