ASUS CEO Jerry Shen today announced ASUS NovaGo (TP370) at the second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii. NovaGo is the world’s first Gigabit LTE-capable laptop designed for truly connected mobility, providing users with an always-on, always-connected experience. This ultrathin and light convertible laptop is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile PC platform, and features a Gigabit Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for download speeds exceeding that of typical home Wi-Fi. It has up to a 22-hour battery life with over 30 days of modern standby, and a built-in eSIM that ensures seamless connectivity across borders.
Mr. Shen joined Executive Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Cristiano Amon onstage during the keynote speech of the three-day event. “Today marks the beginning of a new era of personal computing and ASUS is very proud to be paving the way with Qualcomm Technologies and other partners to develop this new landscape for ‘Always Connected’ Windows on Snapdragon PCs. ASUS NovaGo reinvents the concept of laptop connectivity and productivity — it’s the world’s first laptop that is connected anywhere, at any time, with the new Gigabit LTE network; and lasts up to 22 hours on a single charge for beyond all-day battery life,” said Mr. Shen.
NovaGo is a new breed of laptop designed for the tech-savvy user who is aware of the new and exciting always on, always connected possibilities offered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform. The latest premium-tier Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform is designed to provide superior user experiences with blazing-fast connectivity and exceptional on-the-go power efficiency.
“Qualcomm Technologies has worked closely with ASUS to usher in a new era of personal computing with the Always Connected Windows on Snapdragon PCs,” said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The result of this work is ASUS NovaGo, unveiled today, a convertible laptop with leading Gigabit LTE connectivity and battery life that revolutionizes what the personal PC can be for consumers.”
Also joining the stage and supporting the launch was Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Microsoft, Windows and Devices Group. “ASUS NovaGo is a full Windows 10 PC, instantly on, always connected, with a week of battery life,” said Mr. Myerson. “With a thin, elegant design and Gigabit LTE, NovaGo is reimagining what a PC can be and we can’t wait to see what customers will create with them.”
Always connected with Gigabit LTE
NovaGo has a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for lightning-fast download speeds of up to 1Gbps — 3X to 7X-faster than average broadband speeds. It allows users to download a two-hour-long movie in around 10 seconds.
It offers truly global connectivity with 4CA (4 LTE band aggregation) support covering various bands. Four antennas ensure ultrafast connectivity through LTE Advanced Cat 16 cellular networking, while dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and MU-MIMO technology provide download speeds of up to 867Mbps.
Embedded SIM (eSIM) and Nano SIM support ensure seamless connectivity across borders. eSIM is an integrated chip that provides an always connected experience, enabling users to switch carriers easily without having to physically swap out SIM cards. Users can simply activate a local data plan from Windows Store the moment they step off the plane. In addition, data sent via the 4G and 5G bands are encrypted, making it safer than public Wi-Fi.
Always on with 22 hours battery life
NovaGo features up to 22 hours of video playback on a single charge and over 30 days of modern standby. It offers a computing experience like no other, with immediate smartphone-like response. Even in sleep mode, its instant on and resume capability means a quick press of the power button brings users back to their movie or spreadsheet immediately.
Connected standby mode ensures all data is constantly synced to the cloud. Even in sleep mode, NovaGo wakes up periodically to check for new emails, receive notifications, and perform other tasks so it is constantly up to date.
Uncompromising performance and the familiar Windows experience
NovaGo is powered by the high-performance and energy-efficient Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform, and is equipped with up to 8GB memory, 256GB of Universal Flash Storage 2.0 (UFS 2.0), two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and HDMI. UFS 2.0 is a new breakthrough in flash storage with speeds of up to 1400Mbps, surpassing that of SSD and eMMC storage.
NovaGo features Microsoft® Windows® 10 S to provide users with a secure and familiar computing experience. Windows 10 provides the Start taskbar, Action Center, and File Center; plus new features like Windows Ink, Windows Hello, and Cortana.
Windows provides extensive compatibility with apps found on the Windows Store for a smooth and seamless experience, including support for the most popular apps available — stay productive with Outlook and PowerPoint, get creative with Photoshop or InDesign, and be entertained by Spotify or Netflix.
In addition, every application for ARM-based Windows laptops is Microsoft-verified for compatibility, security, and protection to ensure the most secure Windows version ever built.
Designed for creativity and entertainment
A fanless design and the small 10nm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform allowed ASUS engineers to keep the weight and dimensions of the 13.3-inch NovaGo down to a minimum — it weighs just 1.39kg with an incredibly thin 14.9mm profile. NovaGo has a premium feel, with a sandblasted Sky Grey finish and brilliant diamond-cut edges.
NovaGo has a precision-engineered, durable 360° multi-gear hinge with a silky-smooth action to give users the freedom to use it any way they like. Its 10-point multitouch display features ASUS Pen support; ASUS Pen has a 1024-level pressure-sensitive tip that detects every nuance of movement, enabling users to write and draw just like they would on paper, notebook, or canvas.
The 13.3-inch NanoEdge display on NovaGo has an ultrathin 8.9mm bezel that enables it to fit into a much smaller frame than a standard 13.3-inch model. This NanoEdge design provides an incredible 78% screen-to-body ratio and a larger display area for more immersive viewing.
This Full HD display features 178° wide-view technology, a 100% sRGB color gamut, exclusive ASUS Splendid with ASUS Eye Care technology, and ASUS Tru2Life Video technology to ensure clear and vivid visuals.
ASUS already has arrangements with a variety of international telecommunication services including Sprint®, Verizon®, TIM, China Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom as well as ongoing discussions with other service providers to build the complete ecosystem. ASUS NovaGo will first be sold in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, mainland China, and Taiwan.