Disparos disparados cuando Qualcomm apuesta a dispositivos siempre conectados con una batería de larga duración: Intel responde

At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit today, the majority of the keynote was aimed squarely at how a new product segment of ‘Always Connected PCs’ with all-day battery life will bridge the gap between the utility of a smartphone and the productivity of a PC. The critical take home message from Qualcomm, and the partners that showed devices at the event, was that by using a smartphone chip on a smaller PCB and an integrated modem, laptop designs could be stuffed with a battery and as long as it has the right OS and software combination, it will offer a better user experience than what is available currently. Qualcomm has extensively worked with Microsoft on creating a version of Windows 10 that works on their Snapdragon 835 SoCs, and is now ready to declare deployment.

Uniéndose a Qualcomm en el escenario para el anuncio fueron los socios clave (de izquierda a derecha):

Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and president of QCT, was joined on stage by senior executives from Microsoft, Asus, Sprint, HP and AMD announcing the new class of Always Connected PC, at Qualcomm’s second annual Technology Summit Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Maui, HI. Photo Source: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.XCHARX

Ahora es difícil crear una nueva categoría de producto exitosa. Cuantos intentos hubo en una tableta antes de que el mercado se calentara para ellos, por ejemplo. O considere cuántos relojes inteligentes han llegado y se han ido desde el inicio. A pesar de lo brillante que es toda la nueva tecnología, el principal titular del espacio para PC portátiles también tuvo algo hoy en día.

Intel responde

In a nutshell, Intel’s response was:

[Intel] ha estado alimentando PC siempre conectadas desde su inicio. Hoy en día, hay más de 30 PC orientadas a los negocios y siempre conectadas basadas en Intel, ofreciendo el rendimiento líder, una variedad de opciones de conectividad y puntos de precio, una batería de larga duración y un diseño de factor de forma delgado y liviano.

The response is basically a ‘we’ve had always-connected PCs for years’. This is true: while normally focused on the business use case, laptops with LTE connectivity do exist from most of the major OEMs. This usually comes in the form of an add-in card and a business contract situation, although I personally have owned a number of laptops that do offer SIM card slots for this sort of functionality.

Intel está citando diseños como el ProBook Serie HP 400, Samsung’s Galaxy Book 12, el Lenovo ThinkPad L470, el Lenovo MIix 520, el Google Pixelbook, Y el Mi Notebook Air, con más diseños en 2018. Intel también menciona que tiene modems en futuros dispositivos capaces de Gigabit LTE también, junto con sus inversiones en 5G. Intel también menciona que tiene compatibilidad total con Windows y el software 64-bit.


Desde Miix 520 de Lenovo sitio web

So is what Qualcomm is doing new? Will it succeed? Truth be told, they are reinvigorating interest in this type of device, regardless of if it has already been around, and pushing it for other use cases. Intel has often pushed its devices for new use cases over the years, but this time it is a new silicon manufacturer playing the game in a slightly different way. The devices that come out, be it with a Qualcomm SoC or an Intel CPU with extra modem, are both going to have positives and drawbacks – Qualcomm is touting all-day battery life and instant screen-on without sleeping, while Intel goes for performance and compatibility.

Shots fired? The annual CES event in Las Vegas is happening in early January. I expect Qualcomm, Intel, and all the OEMs to be screaming about ‘Always Connected PCs’. It’s a fun time to be a consumer.

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