He wouldn't tell us when, where, or who would be building them, but Qualcomm SVP Rob Chandhok told us that laptops aren't just a potential application for the company's Snapdragon S4 chips. At Computex Taipei, he admitted that Snapdragon-powered Windows RT notebooks are actually in production at this very moment. After seeing what the Tegra-toting Asus Tablet 600 can do, it would certainly make a lot of sense, and don't forget that Toshiba has a prototype Windows RT laptop with a Texas Instruments OMAP chip. The era of the smartbook may finally be upon us. As far as Qualcomm's other Windows RT plans are concerned, take a peek at the slide above: starting this month, the company plans to commercialize its quad-core Snapdragon S4 APQ8064.
Speaking of Snapdragon chips and Microsoft software, Chandhok also dodged a question on Windows Phone 8 in a rather interesting way. When asked whether the existence of Snapdragon S4 in next-gen Windows Phone devices meant that the mobile operating system would now support dual-core, he said "you don't have to use both cores," and added, smiling, "there is no single-core S4."