Of the first set of Windows 10 on ARM PCs already announced, only the HP Envy x2 and ASUS NovaGo are available for purchase. While the PCs have been praised for their battery life, reviews have also revealed there is a lot to be desired when it comes to performance especially with x86 apps that require emulation.
If you require lots of x86 apps for work or play then you may want to avoid picking up a unit. However, that doesn’t mean you should totally ditch the category. There are reports that new models powered by the Snapdragon 845 are in development and they offer up to a 50% increase in performance.
A couple of test devices have been seen on Geekbench with single core scores up to 25% higher and multi-core scores up to 40% higher than the SD835 models.
The chipset has also appeared to have been clocked higher in these listings. While the SD845 is clocked at 2.8GHz on smartphones, they are clocked as high as 2.96GHz on Windows 10 on ARM.
Windows 10 on ARM will continue to offer impressive battery life and always-on connectivity. However, unless there are ARM versions of most x86 apps, they won’t really succeed. And as it stands, developers are not willing to do so as there are still a low number of people using these new computers.