China Telecom has arranged to become one of the first operators to use their LTE networks to provide connectivity for the new Always Connected PC category of devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Mobile PC platform.
OEM brands Asus, HP and Lenovo have developed Windows 10 devices using the platform to be introduced through the first half of 2018.
As well as China Telecom, Italy’s TIM, the UK’s EE and Sprint and Verizon in the US have signed up as network operator partners for the launches.
Selected operators in some countries also plant to stock the devices in their own retail locations.
“The collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies has resulted in a new category for the PC – the Always Connected PC. It combines the connectivity and the simplicity of the smartphone with the power and creative capability of the Windows 10 PC,” Microsoft corporate VP for Windows and devices Matt Barlow said.
“With the support of our mobile operator partners, consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy superfast connectivity over LTE networks at an affordable price, anytime and anywhere.”
The first Always On Connected PCs will be the 2-in-1 convertible ASUS NovaGo, the detchable HP ENVY x2 and the Lenovo Miix 630.