Lilbits: Qualcomm’s current and next-gen laptop chips, Google Voice loses a key feature

Windows laptops with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors have been around for a few years… but they’ve offered generally underwhelming performance, especially now that Apple has shown that laptops with ARM-based processors can be much faster than equivalent models with x86 chips. But Qualcomm isn’t done making laptop processors. Details about an upcoming chip are starting to […]

Acer Chromebooks with Snapdragon 7c chips coming early next year for $400 and up

It’s been almost a year since Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 7c chips for low-cost laptops with long battery life and support for cellular networks. But aside from a few Windows notebooks for the education market we haven’t seen any devices using the new chip… until now. Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 513 and Chromebook Enterprise Spin 513 are […]

Microsoft introduces two new ARM-powered, 4G-enabled laptops for education (starting at $299)

Microsoft is making a number of education-related announcements ahead of next week’s BETT education show in the UK. But one of the most surprising is the introduction of two new “Connected PCs” with Qualcom processors, built-in support for cellular networks, and prices that start as low as $299. That will make these the cheapest Windows […]

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 7c and 8c chips for cheaper always-connected laptops

The first Windows-on-ARM laptops basically shipped with a smartphone processor and offered underwhelming performance. But Qualcomm has been working on chips designed specifically for PCs that balance power consumption, performance, and connectivity. Last year the company unveiled the Snapdragon 8cx processor which is a 7 watt, octa-core processor that the company says is competitive with […]