ASUS NovaGo with Qualcomm and Microsoft – Available Tomorrow
ASUS NovaGo with Qualcomm and Microsoft – Available Tomorrow

World’s first Snapdragon-powered Gigabit LTE laptop features up to 22 hours of battery life to provide users with an always-on, always-connected computing experience

ASUS officially announced the launch of the NovaGo in the UK. Its sleek form factor and an outstanding 30-day standby battery and 22 hour playback time were key points at an exclusive event held at the Curzon Cinema Bloomsbury. Qualcomms European Director for Product Development, Vikrant Jain took to the stage alongside ASUS UK Marketing Director John Swatton to explain the benefits of running Windows on Snapdragon processors and to unveil the official launch of the device on shelves in John Lewis and online on 19th of October.

Working with EE, the fastest mobile network ASUS will also bundle in a 24GB data SIM card with the device to allow users to access the fastest available mobile data speeds in the UK both at home and when on the go.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 colour gamut, exclusive ASUS Splendid with ASUS Eye Care technology, and ASUS Tru2Life Video technology to ensure clear and vivid visuals.

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Ecosystem development

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.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The Novago will be available in the UK from BT, ASUS E-Shop, Microsoft Store and in-store at selected John Lewis stores at a price of £699. It will be available from 19th October 2018.