HP and Qualcomm tease new Windows on ARM laptop with a detachable display, siloed pen

Hp Arm Ifa2020 Tease
Hp Arm Ifa2020 Tease (Image credit: Qualcomm + HP)

What you need to know

  • HP teased a new convertible PC powered by Qualcomm.
  • The new device runs the just-announced Snapdragon 8cx Gen 5G chip.
  • The mystery HP device has a flat siloed pen, some leather, and a detachable display.
  • More news on this device is expected later this year.

Qualcomm just announced its revised Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G processor for Windows on ARM PCs. The new chip brings 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and improved performance and efficiency. While Acer's Swift 7 was unveiled as the first laptop with this chip, HP is also on board following its 2018 Envy X2.

The tease from came during Qualcomm's IFA presentation at the 36:15 mark from Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon.

Bits of a sizzler reel showed macro shots of the new device, which appears to be convertible with a removable display. The design also pays tribute to Microsoft's Surface Pro X with a hidden, flat active pen that fits near the top of the keyboard. There also looks to be a hint of leather, perhaps borrowing from HP's other experimental device, the 2018 HP Spectre Folio.

No word on when this mystery HP device will see the light of day, but it could be revealed closer to the holiday season in late November. We do know it will ship with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 and likely have 5G, which could make it an exciting option for mobile business workers and creatives.

Do you spot anything else in the HP teaser? Let us know below.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.