Microsoft’s efforts into the smartphone world are clearly not to compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, rather, the Windows 10 OS maker is after bridging the gap between mobile phones, tablets and personal computers.
In an effort to make this happen, Qualcomm, the leading American chipset maker, was at the Redmond Company’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community event to announce that its latest Snapdragon 835 chipset will also be supported on Windows 10 devices.
In case you didn’t know, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is the flagship smartphone chipset for 2017 and is expected to power the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 4, LG G6 and the rumored Microsoft Surface Phone. Made using Samsung’s 10nm process, the chipset promises Gigabit LTE connectivity as well as close to double the battery life that the current Snapdragon 821 manages. Furthermore, the design of the chipset also means that it can fit into much thinner devices without causing any concerns.
As noted earlier, Microsoft is not after toppling the likes of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone industry, rather, the company wants to close the gap that has always existed between smartphones, tablets and PCs using its new all-in-one Windows 10 OS. With this move that sees support for Qualcomm’s more power-efficient processor, don’t be surprised if 2017 gave birth to Windows 10 laptops that act and feel more like your smartphone.
The fact that Qualcomm has confirmed the Snapdragon 835 SoC will be available for Windows 10 laptop makers this coming 2017 doesn’t mean that Microsoft will definitely be going the former’s way. The Redmond Company still has a number of other solid options on the table, including the ever-reliable Intel as well as AMD chips. Remember, this is not the first time the tech giant is trying this mobile-friendly move. It happened sometimes back with Windows RT, which was basically a mobile version of the previous Windows 8, and you all know what happened.
The good side of the story is that the latest Snapdragon 835 will be able to support more Windows 10 software as opposed to what Windows RT managed on Qualcomm chipsets, meaning users will be able to go beyond what is offered in the Microsoft Windows Store.
If you are holding out for a Windows 10 laptop that is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset, you may have to keep doing until the second half of 2017.