The landscape of the PC has changed. With the release of the first Always On, Always Connected PCs we witnessed the culmination of a user-driven shift in what it means to offer optimal performance and capability in a notebook. While fears of the smartphone taking over the PC market have gone, the influence these devices have left on the expectations from consumers is substantial. Windows notebooks already offer performance and form factors that buyers love, but what they are missing is the feeling of being truly mobile.
Last year Qualcomm provided the first true AOAC PC experience with partners HP, ASUS, and Lenovo with its Snapdragon 835 SoC. This fall will see the release of second-generation hardware based on the faster and more efficient Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform that includes new processing cores, improved graphics system, and a faster peak speed LTE modem. The first system released using this configuration is the Lenovo C630 WOS, a sleek and stylish design that provides a premium fit and finish.
How does this second-generation of Always On, Always Connected PC move the needle and progress the inevitable move to a truly mobile-first PC design?