Imagine PCs that are always-connected and extremely energy efficient. These PCs will run on ARM phone processors. These PCs will run full Windows 10 and be able to install any x86 Win32 app – unmodified – from any source, no repackaging as UWP or delivery via the Windows Store required. Welcome to the age of what Microsoft calls a Cellular PC.
What To Expect From A Cellular PC
- you will see a range of new thin, lightweight, power-efficient and always-connected Windows 10 PCs that run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps
- you will be able to easily buy data directly from the Windows Store. Yes; data plans finally come to app stores.
In summary, the PC gets a few of the key advantages that mobile has had since the beginning: always-on connectivity, more portability, and power performance.
If you have used continuum before (and I have), if there was one thing that it proved, it is that phone processors can power big displays. What Microsoft has done in this case is make it possible for you to run full scale Windows 10 apps like Adobe Photoshop that require serious power on any kind of device.
So, beyond expecting Cellular PCs in the market, we might also see smartphones that run full Windows 10. Because of limited display size, perhaps some implementation of the stylus on such phones will happen.
This feat has been made possible thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and Qualcomm. The recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is the first processor to be seen in the upcoming Cellular PCs. The first Cellular PC is expected in the market in 2017.
The Cellular PC: Independence Day
Now, your PCs will get smaller, last longer, and not depend on an external device for internet connectivity. Independence Day is here for the PC.