Working with Qualcomm, Asustek unveils always connected laptop

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 Courtesy of Asustek

Courtesy of Asustek

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Asustek Computer Inc., one of Taiwan's leading PC brands, unveiled in Hawaii on Tuesday the world's first always connected Gigabit LTE (Long Term Evolution) laptop, using Qualcomm's advanced Snapdragon 835 processor.

It was at the Snapdragon Tech Summit that Asustek Chief Executive Officer Jerry Shen (沈振來) introduced the Windows on Snapdragon notebook computer -- Asus NovaGo -- which operates like a smartphone to stay connected to the Internet and is able to turn on instantly even hours after staying idle.

The Asus NovaGo carries a price tag of NT$25,900 (US$863) and is scheduled to launch pre-order sales in Taiwan on Jan. 3 in Senao stores islandwide and through the distributor's online sales network, Asustek said.

Shen told attendees to the Qualcomm summit that the Asus NovaGo represents a significant technological innovation in computing and connectivity.

He also said the Asus NovaGo is expected to be a landmark innovation in the laptop industry.

According to Asustek, the Qualcomm Snapdraogn 835 processor is built using advanced 10 nanometer technology and is able to provide high speed Internet connectivity and data downloads. Consumers will be able to download a two-hour movie in just 10 seconds, the PC brand said.

Equipped with a 13.3-inch full HD touch screen, the new device weighs only 1.30 kilograms and is 1.49 centimeters thick, Asustek said.

The Asus NovaGo has a 360-degree hinge design, which allows its screen to fold back until the device becomes a tablet, which resembles the PC brand's previous hybrid laptops.

The gadget boasts a long battery life with up to 22 hours of video playing time and up to 30 days of standby time, Asustek said.

In addition, the Asus NovaGo has embedded SIM (eSIM) and Nano SIM support to ensure seamless connectivity across borders, the PC brand said. eSIM is an integrated chip that provides an always connected experience and allows users to switch carriers easily without having to physically swap out SIM cards, it added.

After the launch of the Asus NovaGo, shares in Asustek gained 0.37 percent to close at NT$269.50, well outperforming the broader market, with the weighted index plunging 1.64 percent on Wednesday.

(By Jeffery Wu and Frances Huang)

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