​Computex 2017: Always Connected PC sounds great, but we'll have to wait

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In separate events at Computex, Qualcomm and Microsoft made a compelling case for a new class of thin, fanless laptops with broadband wireless, significantly longer battery life, and the full Windows 10 experience. And, as expected, the companies announced that several major OEMs, including Asus, HP, and Lenovo, will be delivering the first Always Connected PCs. The concept sounds great, but none of these were on display in Taiwan, and for now, the companies are offering no details on the devices.

Cellular laptops with an x86 processor and a separate modem — generally from Qualcomm — have been around for a decade. The Always Connected PC is different because it is based on a 10nm…

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