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ARMs Race | Microsoft announces a Snapdragon laptop starting at $229



At the BETT 2021 education-focused event, Microsoft announced 5 low-cost, LTE equipped laptops starting at $185. PC OEM JP .IK announced its second-generation Snapdragon-powered Laptop the Leap 304 (Photos below).

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c enables low-cost always-connected laptops to sell for under $300. A number of new Chromebooks have launched with the Snapdragon 7c for similar costs as their Windows-based counterparts.

JP .IK Leap 304

CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 7c
GPUQualcomm Adreno 618
Storage64GB eMMC
ConnectivityWi-Fi, LTE
Display11.6″ 1366 x 768 pixels (HD)
Weight2.6 lbs.

Last year the company launched the ruggedized Turn Connect T101 laptop powered by the snapdragon 7c. The new Leap 304 is a white wedge-design laptop with a 11.6″ HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage and LTE all for $229.

The question we have now is, will Microsoft offer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c in Surface Go 3 or Surface Laptop Go 2? Another question is, with Windows 10X on the horizon, wouldn’t devices like these be perfect candidates for Microsoft’s new Chrome OS competitor?

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.