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Microsoft's first ARM-based Windows 10 Laptop costs $999

high prices and a lot of limitations

Microsoft's first ARM-based Windows 10 Laptop costs $999

Microsoft's first ARM-based Windows 10 Laptop costs $999

Microsoft has been working hard to bring the x86 Windows 10 experience to ARM-based devices, creating an emulation layer within Windows that can allow native x86 applications to function on ARM without the need for extensive code rewrites.  

In short, Microsoft wants Windows 10 on ARM, but with the failure of Windows RT a new approach was needed, one that will deliver ARM users the same Windows apps that they crave. While Microsoft's x86 emulation is far from perfect (list of limitations here), it is a step that could enable cheaper and less power-hungry systems to be built.

Sadly, HP is not taking the low-cost angle that most consumers were hoping for, instead shipping their first ARM-based Window 10 device for $999.99, something that is more expensive than most traditional laptops. HP has launched a convertible notebook/tablet called the ENVY x2-12-e011nr, which will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of system memory, 128GB of UFS storage and a 12.3-inch 3200x1800 touchscreen.     

  

Microsoft's first ARM-based Windows 10 Laptop costs $999

 

Looking at this design, we can see that HP has been influenced by Microsoft's Surface series of products, which has x86 models which ship with a similar price point without the same ARM emulation issues. Regardless, the selling point of the HP ARM unit is its battery life, which can last up to 22 hours on a single charge and up to 19 hours when playing video. 

Right now the advantage of an ARM-based Windows product is battery life, while the strength of x86 is performance and a lack of compromise regarding software selection and general usability. 

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