Qualcomm had an event in Hawaii a few hours ago. While it talked about its achievement over the years, the highlight of the event was the unveiling of the ASUS NovaGO – the world’s first Gigabit LTE PC.
The ASUS NovaGO is the first PC to be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor which also brings Gigabit LTE to a device other than phones, thanks to the Snapdragon X16 modem.
The ASUS NovaGo is a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop as its hinges let you fold the laptop completely into tablet mode. The bezels are pretty big though and it is a bit heavy, coming in at 1.39kg. It measures 316 x 221 x 149 mm.
The NovaGo has a 13.3” FHD LED touchscreen display. It runs Windows 10 S but can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free as long as you do so before September 30, 2018. It also has support for Windows Ink, Windows Hello, and Cortana.
It comes in two configurations – a 4GB + 64GB model and an 8GB + 256GB. Both are UFS 2.0. For connectivity, the NovaGo uses eSIM and nano SIM. The latter will most likely be the variant available in most markets since eSIMs are still unpopular.
The NovaGo has a SIM tray, HDMI port, a 3.5mm audio jack, volume rocker and a power button on the right side. The left houses two full sized USB ports and the DC power jack. The keyboard is standard without a dedicated number pad and the touchpad is home to a fingerprint scanner.
The battery capacity is currently unknown but ASUS says it should offer up to 22 hours of battery life and 30 days on standby.
The 4GB variant of the NovaGO is priced at $599 while the 8GB RAM variant will sell for $799. It will be available in the US, China, Italy, UK, France, Germany, and Taiwan.