It has only been a few weeks since Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said during an investor call that we might see Windows 10 laptops powered by ARM processors by the end of this year. He mentioned that the company’s Snapdragon 835 processor would expand into mobile PC designs running Windows 10. According to a new report, Lenovo and Microsoft might be the first companies to launch ARM Windows 10 laptops.
Microsoft is trying its hand at ARM-based PCs for the second time after Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 it created for ARM-based computers, failed to take off. It will enable these processors to run the full desktop version of Windows 10 which means that users won’t get a watered down experience.
If that is indeed the case, this should eliminate many of the challenges that Microsoft faced with Windows RT. ARM-based Windows 10 laptops would be proper Windows machines as they will be powered by the full desktop version of Microsoft’s operating system.
The report claims that Microsoft and Lenovo might be the first companies to launch ARM Windows 10 laptops. Microsoft might launch a new Surface model that’s powered by an ARM processor and Lenovo’s new 2-in-1 laptop is expected to be the same.
Whether or not that really happens remains to be seen. It’s not like every rumor we hear online turns out to be true.