Fastest Windows 10 on Arm PC yet: Lenovo Snapdragon 850 2-in-1 passes FCC hurdle

Lenovo's new Snapdragon 850-based Windows 10 2-in-1 is on course for a November launch.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

Lenovo's just-unveiled Yoga C630 WOS powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 has been officially submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), meaning it's likely to be on track for release on time in November.

The new 2-in-1 marks the first of the second generation of Windows 10-on-Arm laptops following last year's HP Envy X2, Asus' NovaGo, and Lenovo's Miix 630.

All those machines run a Snapdragon 835 and for the most part failed to impress reviewers due to their high price and relatively slow performance.

ZDNet's Windows expert Mary Jo Foley's verdict after trying the Envy X2, which starts at $1,000, was wait for the next lot running on the Snapdragon 850.

It remains to be seen how well this generation of Windows on Arm devices perform. However, Qualcomm claimed at the June launch of the Snapdragon 850 that it will have 30 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 835, afford a 20 percent better battery life, and boost LTE speeds by up to 20 percent.

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Lenovo has slated the Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) release for November, but as spotted by Liliputing, the device has now appeared on the FCC's website, suggesting it should arrive on time.

Lenovo unveiled the Yoga C630 WOS last week at the IFA Conference in Germany, claiming the 13.3 inch convertible will have battery life of over 25 hours.

It also comes with a built-in LTE for 'always-on' connectivity and will cost $850 in the US and €999 with taxes in Europe. That's roughly the same as the Miix 630 but hopefully it will be a little zippier thanks to the Snapdragon 850.

According to Lenovo's specs sheet, the Yoga C630 WOS will have 8GB or 4GB RAM, and 128GB or 256GB storage, and will weigh 2.6lb.

It has two USB Type-C ports, and a SIM slot. The display is Full HD with a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution.

HP and Asus have yet to reveal their Snapdragon 850 Windows laptops yet, but Samsung will be joining the Windows on Arm crowd this year too.


Lenovo's Yoga C630 WOS 2-in-1 is the first of the second generation of Windows 10-on-Arm laptops.

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