Always-Connected PCs, the end result of years of work by Microsoft and Qualcomm on the vision for Windows on ARM, will soon be available. With multiple OEMs gearing up to reveal their take on the new class of 'cellular PCs' before the end of the year, Microsoft has now announced the list of carriers who will provide connectivity to these devices.
At Computex last year, Microsoft unveiled the list of mobile operators who would support these devices via eSIM capabilities and it has now added that the following five carriers will provide LTE connectivity to the new class of PCs: China Telecom, Telecom Italia, EE, Sprint and Verizon.
Don McGuire, vice president of global product marketing at Qualcomm said in a statement,
“We continually look for ways to redefine the mobile experience for customers, which is why we developed the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC platform. With the commitment of leading mobile operators worldwide, the Always Connected PC will offer consumers one of the most comprehensive mobile computing experiences, with always on connectivity of up-to Gigabit LTE speeds and ‘beyond all-day’ battery life packaged into innovative, thin and light PC designs.”
While these PCs will run on an ARM-based SoC, they will be able to run full Windows 10 and even support the use of x86 applications via emulation. Devices from Asus and HP have already been announced, and Lenovo threw its hat into the Always-Connected ring just yesterday with its Miix 630.