Asus, HP, and Lenovo will all build ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft is revealing its partners for Windows 10 ARM-powered PCs at Computex today. Asus, HP, and Lenovo will be the first PC makers to develop what are described as “mobile PCs” powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor. Microsoft first revealed its plans to bring Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors last year, with laptops as the first devices in the market with a version of Windows 10 that supports ARM.

Microsoft has only managed to convince three PC makers to build these new laptops with Qualcomm’s ARM processors. Unless the software giant signs on more by the end of the year, then that’s slightly less than the number of PC makers that helped launch Windows RT nearly five years ago. The first wave of Windows RT devices included devices from Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and Microsoft itself with the Surface RT.

Microsoft's eSIM partners

Qualcomm and Microsoft still aren’t revealing exactly when these new devices from Asus, HP, and Lenovo will arrive. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf previously revealed ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs won’t launch until Q4 this year. Both Microsoft and Qualcomm are marketing these Windows 10 PCs as having better battery life, LTE connectivity, and support for all Windows applications.

Alongside the ARM-powered PCs, Microsoft will also support LTE on other Windows 10 devices. HP, Asus, VAIO, Dell, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei will all create Windows 10 devices that support LTE. Microsoft is also working with a range of operators to support eSIM, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Vodafone, EE, Three, and BT.


That’s funny comedy_guy. Regardless of the nature of the account however, the statement rings true.

Microsoft has only managed to convince three PC makers to build these new laptops with Qualcomm’s ARM processors.

That’s not how this works.

There was an interesting video at build about how they are managing to get native of near native performance whilst performing x86 to ARM emulation.

The simplified explanation is that they aren’t emulating, but rather they pre-generate an ARM wrapper for the x86 executable that helps it execute faster.

I watched that video and really felt like they were dropping some knowledge on folks, except I was too ignorant to really appreciate what was happening. I "understood" it but only at a very high level. It did sound like a very creative solution.

Coming soon

Window 10 S and ARM serious Apple iOS territory…

I am just going to keep waiting for a Windows competitor to the latest high-end Chromebooks, then I’m sold.

(see: ~$500 dollars for a small, 10-14 hour batter life device with a full HD or better, touch-enabled, pen-support display, along with metal frame or unibody. I want a Chromebook Pro/Asus 13 Flip/HP x13 competitor from MSN)

Sounds like the Asus Zenbook Flip is exactly what you’re looking for, and it’s $499 right from the Microsoft Store. Have you look at that?

So you want a Surface Laptop but only want to pay $500 for it.

I’m excited for where this goes in the next few years. New phones will be able to run software usually designed for laptops, and laptops will be more power efficient and mobile.

What %age of W10 spying will be included in the Arm version?


2% of it’s Chromebook competitors

asking for help is not allowed in the exam hall.
you should study well and come prepared.

I need a roughly 6" Windows 10 phone with a landscape slider, including left and right mouse click buttons, and a Blackberry-esque "keyboard acts as a touchpad" feature. Essentially a full blown Windows machine that has all the phone functionality so it’s always in my pocket. This is your ticket back to relevancy in the phone/mobile space, Microsoft. Make it happen.

GPD win says hi!

I have one of those. While it works good for gaming, it’s … not very good as a computer. Mouse movement with the analog stick is painful and the keyboard could be a lot better. The low screen resolution makes it tough to read small text on the 5.5" screen. It was a nice attempt but it’s more suited for it’s intended purpose of playing games.

I’ve been following Microsoft closely for many years. I’m invested the MS hardware and software ecosystem top to bottom. Nothing here is surprising to me, but very exciting.

I may be one of very few people that really appreciate what’s going on here, but to me it is crystal clear that Windows is the OS platform of the future.. when they launched Windows 8. When you have the best OS you’ve ever made (Windows 7), and 96% desktop marketshare, and you decide to completely rebuild it from the ground up and risk serious disruption, the risk you take can go either way, but the change is necessary to be a leader. There is no evidence of such a significant move for the future from anyone else in the personal computing space, not even close.

Most tech articles and comments reflect extremely narrow short term thinking and so few people can appreciate anything they can’t project ahead 30 days out from an article or announcement. In 5 years, I suspect almost every single Microsoft skeptic will be using not only Microsoft powered services as they already most likely are, but possibly even more than one Microsoft based hardware device running some semblance of Windows or whatever it evolves into.

The future of Microsoft is intentional, focused, adaptable, powerful, ubiquitous and most surprising of all, humble. They are not perfect and they have confronted that with their users. They leave comments open on their youtube channels, share open feedback hubs, they actively reach out and there are seemingly endless feedback sources for all their product lines. Consider the scale they work at, the enormous number of variables they have to contend with and their global impact, this is impressive.

I am not a MS employee for all the stupid assumptions that someone must be in order to gush on about Microsoft so much. I don’t even work in the tech industry. But with the enormous undertaking and Milestone of getting Windows 10 on ARM and the lessons and reinventions of the Windows RT concept, this is a VERY strong move for the future for Microsoft. They are obviously not perfect and there is a long ways to go, but they are the most progressive and exciting tech company in the world right now.

I love Nadella’s summary of the intention of the efforts Microsoft wants people to progress through from needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows. They are making it hard to resist this path.

I think the one thing standing in their way is execution, and I mean that in two ways. The first is execution in terms of having enough of the vision ready when the product ships that people get it, appreciate it, and start using it. There are still too many examples of Microsoft releasing stuff that "will be really cool in a few years", e.g. Continuum without multi-window support.

The second part of execution is having products be bug-free enough that people don’t get frustrated. This is another point where Microsoft seems to be alienating some people, unfortunately. Though of course no company is immune from bugs and Google and Apple products have a fair share of bugs, but I think Microsoft needs to really get serious about bug-fixes and having a sufficient period of time to bug-fix after the product code is "frozen".

This is not a critique to your comment because you acknowledged that they’re not perfect, but I think this is one area where they HAVE to improve. Half-baked is not half-edible, it’s inedible.

That said I agree with your comment. I’m writing this on a Surface Pro and am generally all aboard the Microsoft train (with the exception of Windows Phone/Mobile).

Asus ROG PC, XPS 15, Xbox One, Lumia 950, SP3, Office 365,, 100% Bing, and 50/50 Chrome/Edge. (and well Youtube is basically a utility)

I was with you until 100% Bing. You masochist.
The Lumia 950XL has shown me how many apps I don’t need.
Live tiles are the future.

I know you’re joking but at the same time, you’re kinda not about Bing. I can’t use Google anymore probably in a similar light how people say they aren’t used to Bing. I find everything I’m looking for.

For tough things or obscure things most people would try more than one engine anyway.

Bing is crap, but those Microsoft Rewards….That’s sweeter than honey. I got an entire year if Xbox Live Gold for free. Love MS for that.

I like the way you think, but I also think that if they wanted to truly build from the ground up, then they need to announce at some point that they’re going to stop supporting legacy programs and really create a new architecture. I’m not saying dump UWP (I think), I’m saying that there may not be a requirement for 16 bit any more, and for buggy drivers older than Miss Daisy.
That would be visionary.
Just my tuppence for what the future may require.

For those who want to take a peek on Windows on ARM

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