ASUS NovaGo, HP Envy x2 Always-Connected PCs now available at Microsoft Store

Now you can get your hands on an Always-Connected PC from the Microsoft Store.

Amazon kicked off its Always-Connected PC push earlier today, and now the Microsoft Store is following suit. Both Microsoft's online and retail stores are now stocking the ASUS NovaGo and HP Envy x2, both of which are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 platform.

The ASUS NovaGo and HP Envy x2 are some of the first Windows 10 on ARM devices to hit the market. Aside from the Snapdragon chip powering each, both devices pack come with 128GB of storage, up to 22 hours of battery life, and with Windows 10 in S mode on board. Where they differ is in screen size and form factor, with the Envy x2 sporting a 12.3-inch FHD display in a package similar to Microsoft's Surface Pro, and the NovaGo coming in with a 13.3-inch FHD panel in a more traditional convertible laptop configuration.

Besides the excellent battery life, the two other main draws for Windows 10 on ARM PCs are a persistent LTE connection and instant-on, which allows you to instantly switch your device out of standby mode – much like your smartphone.

We've already had some time to take the Envy x2 out for a spin and found it to be a pretty good performer, albeit with some compromises. The ASUS NovaGo, on the other hand, is fresh on the market, and we'll be taking a closer look at it in the coming weeks. For now, you can check out our previous hands-on for our initial impressions.

The HP Envy x2 is available for $999, though you can drop that price by $99 if you're eligible for a student or military discount. Meanwhile, the ASUS NovaGo is available for $699, or $629 with a military or student discount. Both come unlocked, but it's worth noting that Sprint is offering free unlimited data through the end of 2018 for Always-Connected PCs.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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