Hello and good evening everybody!
Today, I’ll speak about something very interesting which was recently announced.If you remember my very initial post on Snapdragon and SoC’s, then you’re gonna love this one!
This particular good news I speak of today pertains to an announcement made at Computex (the annual computers and networking exhibition held at Taipei) by Microsoft. Microsoft announced that as a part of its initiative to make Windows 10 available everywhere, they would be branching out to ARM Processors as well by the end of this year.
Now, ARM is the mother of all Microprocessor manufacturers i.e. these guys literally provide the designs and forms of next-gen microprocessors which are either used as-is by certain SoC manufacturers like MediaTek while certain others like Qualcomm tend to tweak and further customize it.
The announcement by Windows earlier in the day declaring that Windows 10 will be soon available on ARM was prompted by further announcements throughout the day the likes of Qualcomm announcing that its current Gen SoC, the Snapdragon 835 would also support Windows 10 built for ARM along with future iterations of the same along with hardware manufacturers such as Lenovo, Asus and HP giving us their word that ARM versions of Windows 10 were on the way and would reach us quite soon.
Now that the announcement is out of the way,how does the same affect you as an ordinary consumer and why should you pay attention to it?
Well, let me begin by quoting one of my favorites Youtubers Marques Brownlee, “Good things are getting Cheap and Cheap things are becoming Good”.
For starters, with ARM processors taking the spot of full-fledged processors, you’ll be left with a lot of empty space which, if trends suggest will be filled up with more batteries. This coupled with the fact that the entire Processor package has shrunken down by a lot is indicative of the fact that these ARM-based Windows machines are going to have monstrous battery life compared to the current generation devices.
The only downside though of using ARM even though you would have amazing battery life is that it is a mobile processor at the end of the day and there will be some limitations in terms of processing power and output in comparison to a full-fledged processor and so if you’re looking for a beefy, powerful system capable enough to do video editing, photoshop and encoding all at the same time, I’m afraid this isn’t the device you should be looking into.
To address the elephant in the room i.e. for whom are these new ARM-based Windows devices for, the simple answer to that is, these devices are targeted towards young learners and individuals who are absolutely new to the Windows 10 ecosystem. These devices will in all probability be running on Windows 10S with the “S” being for Student. It is a highly customized and lightweight version of Windows 10, which is stripped off a lot of bloat and additional features but retains the capabilities of a full fledged Operating System. That, is for whom these devices are targeted at.
Expect these to be available at the Rs. 10, 000 to 15, 000 /- price tag at launch further pulling down the price tag of a full fledged computer.
And that’s it for this piece! Please leave a comment down below and let me know of what you think along with your suggestions, if any!