Qualcomm: First Windows 10 ARM PC coming in the fourth quarter

Qualcomm says that the first Windows 10 ARM PCs will arrive in Q4

Qualcomm says that the first Windows 10 ARM PCs will arrive in Q4

That stripped down flavor of Windows 8 was a commercial and critical flop, but Microsoft aims to make ARM-based PCs a thing in the era of Windows 10. This is the huge step for both companies.

Today at the earnings call for Qualcomm's Q2 2017 earnings, the company's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, confirmed that the first Windows 10 PCs powered by ARM processors will be launching in Q4 of this year - around October-December.

Microsoft has dabbled with ARM support in Windows over the years, most famously (and disastrously) when it launched Windows RT. It will take design cues from smartphones and is being called a cellular PC by Qualcomm and Microsoft.

Details are vague as to what else we can expect from upcoming Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 devices, but Qualcomm and Microsoft are touting upcoming devices as "cellular PCs", as they will - much like a smartphone - always been connected to a cellular network.

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"We have an opportunity to disrupt the existing suppliers of the PC and the datacenter".

Chip maker Qualcomm has confirmed that "mobile" Windows 10 PCs built around its Snapdragon 835 system-on-a-chip (SoC) - which powers the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone in the U.S. - will be released between October and December.

In addition to laptops and tablets with these chips and Windows 10 ARM, it is also very likely that on those dates we see a mobile with Windows 10 complete. The two companies showed Microsoft's Windows Server OS running on Qualcomm's Centriq 2400 chip, though it's not certain if the OS will ever be commercially released for ARM. Although, OEMs will gradually take advantage of new processor and will launch new devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. It is clear is that we are going to see laptops much lighter and much finer than what we have seen in these past years, because with a motherboard the size of one that we find in mobile you can get a very good user experience. If Windows 10 phones were to support legacy line-of-business and other desktop Win32 applications used by many firms, the ability of Windows 10 handsets to run as a lightweight desktop PC would suddenly become a lot more useful.

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