There's no word yet on the pricing or availability for the Asus NovaGo, but HP said that the Envy x2 would be arriving in the United Kingdom in February, starting at £999 with a keyboard and active pen included. "ASUS NovaGo reinvents the concept of laptop connectivity and productivity - it's the world's first announced laptop that is connected virtually anywhere, at any time, with the new Gigabit LTE network*; and lasts up to 22 hours on a single charge for "all-day" battery life". The Envy X2 is very similar to numerous Surface Pro types of computers that already exist, while the NovaGo feels just like any other budget to midrange laptop.
The Snapdragon 845 is the spiritual successor to the Snapdragon 835 in more ways than one: the 835 used a 10nm manufacturing process, and the 845 is expected to use a more refined version of the same process.
What it does mean is the Asus NovaGo is cheaper than some of the flagship Android smartphones that also feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset, which puts it into a reasonably affordable category.
This announcement is also a win for GizmoChina, which predicted the "early December" unveiling for the Snapdragon 845 way back in October. According to Qualcomm, 20+ hours of runtime is realistic, or over 30 days of standby. That's local video playback with the NovaGo offering an every more impressive 22.
You have support for both eSIM and Nano SIM when you roam, although the availability of the eSIM may vary depending on where you live. Qualcomm says that devices running the just-announced Snapdragon 845 processor and X20 modem will arrive next year. We're talking potentially Gigabit speeds so up to seven times the average broadband connection. "The Envy x2 will have a Surface-like detachable keyboard and will be just 0.3" (6.9 mm) thick. It'll be priced from $599 for a basic-spec model, or $799 for one with considerably more storage and more memory. There's audio by Bang & Olufsen, a microSD card slot, a USB-C port, a 13Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera. Perhaps more fundamental, is ARM at the core the end-goal for Windows 10 devices without discrete graphics chips?