The future of laptops appears bright with the release of Asus Novago, a 2-in-1 foldable notebook. The laptop scores a first by using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip for Windows.
The idea behind the use of Snapdragon for windows is an attempt to make a version of the Windows operating system that enables laptops to be power efficient and run faster. The snapdragon chip is the one that is being used in smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The Asus Novago is a machine that will wow many with its 22 hours battery life for video playback and its faster connectivity speeds. The yet to be released laptop check all the right boxes thus making it the right companion for everyday use.
The Asus Novago keeps the tradition of most 2-in-1 design with the major focus being on its mobility, longevity and affordability. The device borrows the Asus Zenbook Flip’s 360-degree hinge design to allow the windows 10 tablet to fold back and be used on tent mode. The lid is aluminum with a nice beveled edge while the main chassis is a composite of the metal and plastic.
The Asus is donned on a dark-grey color with a few chrome accents including a plastic frame around the trackpad and an Asus logo on the hood. The laptop measures 316 x 221.6 x 14.9mm, with more focus on making the system thinner and lighter. It could be a bit heavier than expected as it weighs in at 3 pounds.
Under the hood, the Asus Novago houses a 2.21GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The Novago comes in three configurations:, one with 4GB RAM and 64 GB of storage, 6GB of RAM and 128GB, and 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Out of the box, the Novago runs windows 10 S which only allows you to install Microsoft store applications and use the default Edge Browser. It is possible to install Windows 10 pro which gives you the flexibility and freedom to more apps.
However, this could be a tall order for the 4GB RAM and 64 GB of storage version of the Asus Novago. This is because with the installation of Windows 10 pro, you shall only be left with 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for everyday use.
Important to note is the fact that some programs may not launch in this system, simply because they are not compatible with the ARM architecture. The compatibility issue shall be addressed as time goes by. Notably, 64-bit Windows applications won’t run on the ARM-based Windows laptop so 32-bit version remains the only option.
While performance is not the highlight point of the Novago, the battery life is impressive. Asus claims that it can offer 22 hours of video playback with up to 30 days of standby. If the numbers turn to be true, they are enough to bestow the Novago with the title of longest-lasting Windows 10 laptop.
The connectivity options on the Asus Novago are for common productivity cases. In the wake of USB-Type C that seems to take over other connectivity ports, the Novago maintains the ports of a regular PC.
The convertible features two full USB 3.0 ports that are compatible with accessories and peripherals. It comes with a full-size HDMI port for presentations and watching content on a large display. There is a SIM slot that will support both eSIMs and nano-SIMs.
The Asus NovaGo offers support for Gigabit LTE, thanks to the X16 modem for seamless switching between Wi-Fi and mobile networks. The LTE connectivity allows you to stay connected to a mobile network just like your smartphone. Most people are likely to find the LTE connectivity feature a big deal since they will be able to use the device anywhere.
The 13.3-inch display comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with NanoEdge screen that makes it pleasing to look at, as opposed to the huge bezels in traditional laptops. The Asus Novago has multi-touch support which makes it a greater companion when using it on tablet mode without having to reach on to the track pad and keyboard.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The Asus Novago comes with a standard layout keyboard with proper sized keys and well-spaced arrows. Typing on the keyboard is great despite the fact that it feels somehow shallow and spongy but with time you are likely to get used to the feedback. The laptop features a non-backlit keyboard that could be a disappointment to some but not a deal breaker.
The trackpad on this device is spacious and a little indented into the flame. The trackpad has a smooth glass surface, it feels nice to the touch and performs all the functions well including gestures, taps and swipes.
The Asus Novago makes it to the list of the first devices to be running on Windows 10 and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. It is a response to the new breed of ARM-driven laptops that promise Intel-based machines with a superior battery life and always-on Gigabit 4G connectivity.
Important to note is that the Asus Novago is not a high-performance computer but more of an option for folks interested on being connected to the internet always. The HP Envy x2 offers more for the bargain with its verve, style and detachability. The Novago might take pride in the gigabit LTE, but it is not that much fatser the HP’s 800Mbps.
All said, the Asus Novago is physically convincing. The 360-degree hinge, touchscreen, keyboard and touchpad all work seamlessly. There’s stylus and full support for Windows Ink and you even get a sensible selection of ports and sockets. With all the features, the Asus Novago would be a machine worth considering.