Running Windows on Qualcomm is a Snap with the HP Envy x2

Subject: Mobile | April 16, 2018 - 03:40 PM |
Tagged: hp envy x2, qualcomm, snapdragon 835

The first laptop to hit the market running Windows and powered by a Snapdragon 835 is a bit of a strange duck.  When you see an ARM powered device you expect a low price tag so you are in for a bit of a shock; $1000 is the going price for the HP Envy x2.  The price comes from the extras, the body is constructed entirely of metal, the screen is Gorilla Glass and audio is provided by Bang & Olufsen.  When TechSpot benchmarked the device the issues with this price point became very obvious, as it performs as you would expect and lags significantly behind laptops with more traditional CPUs.  The battery life is quite good but during video playback the Dell XPS 13 lasts longer than the Envy x2 so not even the lower power draw helps this notebook.

It is an interesting product but priced at twice what you would expect; all the details are here for your perusal.

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"Today we're looking closely at the first Snapdragon 835 device running Windows: the HP Envy x2. Having used it for a few weeks, there's a lot of things HP did well to make this a hardware experience to rival the Microsoft Surface."

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April 16, 2018 | 04:01 PM - Posted by RingersEnThings (not verified)

$1000 is about $700 too much for this SKU, but fools and their money!

April 16, 2018 | 04:31 PM - Posted by Gunbuster

At $1000 and only being able to let me dink around in Office 365 and a browser I'm thinking it damn well better be sporting more like 24 hour battery life...

April 17, 2018 | 04:35 PM - Posted by remc86007

Any plans for PCPer to get one of these to mess with? The fact that they are emulating x86 is fascinating. I'm not a huge fan of the 2n1 design, but I'd love an ARM based laptop that actually has over 24 hour battery life. My biggest problem with this device is not the x86 performance, as I'd expect that to suck, but the general performance of the device in Edge and other ARM compiled apps. If they could make Edge run as fast on an ARM pc as a lower end x86 machine, it would make a great portable computer. As is, this thing is just too slow at everything.

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