Windows 10 on ARM Promises Multi-Day Battery Life

Thursday, 19 Oct, 2017

The same can be said of laptop computers, but it appears as though the dream of multi-day battery life is about to become a reality thanks to the work Microsoft and Qualcomm are doing right now.

There has been news in the market that Microsoft is now in finals stages of establishing mobile PCs with the expertise of Qualcomm. Most laptops do not come close to that, but Microsoft is optimistic that we will be surprised by what is coming.

The idea of running the Windows 10 OS on an Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset has been on the cards for a while now, and would signal an end to Microsoft's reliance on Intel's x86 instruction set.

The companies have chose to shake hands for introducing mobile devices that will be powered by Windows 10. Pete Bernard, Principal Group Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, told Trust Reviews that battery life on these upcoming laptops is "really, really good". "We've been working furiously in Redmond and with our partners in San Diego".

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a new generation of Windows laptops which will run for days on a single battery charge. "Amazingly good. To be frank, it's actually beyond our expectations". "We set a high bar for [our developers], and we're now beyond that". In the meantime, it continues to test various models-hundreds of them are being used in Redmond on a daily basis, according to Bernard.

One of the amusing anecdotes is we handed out these devices to all of our dev directors and leaders across the windows org, and we started getting all these bug reports back ... saying 'the battery meter's not working, it says I still have a full charge. "It's that kind of battery life", Bernard said.

Given the lofty claims we've been hearing about battery life on the laptops, we asked Bernard for specifics.

Bernard adds: "I would consider it a game-changer in terms of the way people have experienced PCs in the past".

HP, Lenovo and Asus will be first off the starter's blocks with the thin, light and long-legged Windows 10 systems, which will be built around a beefed-up ARM smartphone chip instead of the conventional Intel Core powerplants. "Over time there's going to be a portfolio of devices from manufacturers (bringing) a range of different devices at different price points".

This isn't the first time that Microsoft has tried to marry an ultraportable Windows machine with an ARM processor.