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It's part of a broader Always Connected PC initiative, introducing devices - both with Intel and Qualcomm chips - that have cellular connectivity.

ASUS NovaGo is the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop, with superfast download speeds allowing users to download a 2-hour movie in just 10 seconds.

Two of these new devices from HP and ASUS will go on sale in early 2018 and will be sold through traditional retailers and Microsoft.

The 4GB RAM/64 GB storage version will cost only $599, while the 8GB/256 GB version will cost only $799.

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Always Connected PCs are modern Windows 10 devices with Windows Hello, touch, pen and Ink, with thin, light, elegant designs that are more secure, instantly on, always connected with a week of battery life. It includes Qualcomm's latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 835, which was what was promised when Microsoft first announced Windows on ARM.

The distinction between Always Connected PCs and standard laptops is significant, yet there is a lot of overlap, too.

HP has unveiled a Qualcomm-powered Windows convertible it claims will last a whopping 20 hours off a single charge. Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile PC platform with X16 LTE, the NovaGo is always on, always connected with a battery supporting 30 days of standby and 22 hours of active use. It will run full Windows 10 S (free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro) with zero modification, optimized version of Office 365 will also be available. Qualcomm and Microsoft together hope that this family of thin, light, Windows 10 device will reverse those fortunes. Always Connected PCs are for those who want the simplicity and connectivity of a phone, blended with the power of a PC, said Matt Barlow, Corporate Vice President of Windows Marketing. We'll have to put these new devices through rigorous testing to see how good they are for running everyday applications, but so far things sound promising.

Once you start using this new category of PCs that are instantly on, always connected with a week of battery life and the full Windows 10 experience, you can really feel what a big shift this will be for consumers. It will take you by surprise that ultramobile PCs are having a multi-day battery life. The Always Connected PC is real security progress enabling safe connectivity everywhere, bypassing untrusted networks.

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