Qualcomm is all prepped for its final push to prepare the market for a revolutionary product for PCs. Before the mobile media focused attention on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, Qualcomm came up with the launch of its “Windows 10 on Snapdragon” line. Qualcomm Technologies, in collaboration with Microsoft, jointly announced on February 21 that leading retailers across the world will offer a new range of Microsoft PCs that will Always be Connected to Windows 10 PCs powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile PC Platform.
Consumers all around the world will be able to have firsthand experience on how the Snapdragon™ powered Always Connected PC is designed to bring the best smartphone features to their PC. –
Don McGuire, Vice President, Global Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Partners like Amazon, Microsoft stores, JD.com, Unieuro, Asus Stores, BT Shop, and John Lewis will provide the cellular LTE connections to maintain an always-connected state and also to be available online for purchase.
With the Qualcomm Microsoft collaboration, Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 PCs will be enabled with an “instant-On” button to turn on the screen without a boot or wake-from-sleep process, as our smartphone works today. Amazon will be the primary location in the US for sales to the online markets. Other retailers are lined up across the globe, including in Australia, Italy, France, and the UK. China plans to sell through JD.com, one of the largest online retailers in the world, with more than 266M active users.
We are thrilled that the consumers around the globe can now experience Always Connected PCs to enjoy incredible battery life and great performance. – Matt Barlow, Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices, Microsoft
Operator support is also crucial for Qualcomm’s new PC category if a consumer isn’t offered service from a mobile telecommunications provider, many appeals of the device is lost. Plans will be offered for the carriers in the UK, Italy, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, and the US for the Windows 10 on Snapdragon PCs. Costs will vary for each carrier accordingly.