The launch of Always Connected PCs powered by Windows 10 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ARM processors was a serious threat to Intel’s chip business. Not too long ago, the company launched its own Always Connected PCs powered by its classic Core processors and XMM modems.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Intel is taking things a step further with the announcement of new 5G-connected Windows 10 PCs. The chip maker is partnering with Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, and HP to bring 5G connectivity to Windows 10 PCs. The mention of Microsoft here is particularly interesting, as it could be hinting at a potential new Surface Pro with 5G connectivity capabilities. Either way, these “high performing 5G-connected” PCs powered by the company’s XMM 8000 series of commercial 5G modems will be available in the second half of next year.
Intel is showing off a prototype 2-in-1 detachable device powered by an early version of its 5G modem and its 8th gen Core i5 processors at MWC. The company is betting big on these 5G-connected PCs, though details are arguably scarce at the moment. “5G is not just another generation of wireless connectivity. It promises new opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity landscape from the cloud, to the network and the client,” the company said in a press release.
Battery life will be a crucial factor for these new 5G-connected Windows 10 PCs. Most Always Connected PCs are capable of providing up to 20 hours of battery life thanks to Qualcomm’s ARM processors and Windows 10 S, and it will be interesting to see how these upcoming 5G-connected PCs stack up against them. By the time these new PCs launch, though, Qualcomm and its partners could introduce next-gen Always Connected PCs powered by the new Snapdragon 845 processor with improved performance and battery life. The fight for the next-gen of PCs has started, and it’s about to get a lot more interesting.