Always-connected PCs powered by Intel debut at CES 2018

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With all-day battery life and a variety of connection options, these mostly thin and light designs are offered at many price points.

With CES 2018 in full swing, Intel announced that several companies are using Intel for their always-connected PCs. From the Intel XXM modem to its core processors, Intel is powering both today and tomorrow’s always-connected and always-on computers, and here’s what we’re seeing at CES this year.

Acer announced the Swift 7, an 8.98-millimeter thin portable powerhouse that packs all-day battery life and an Intel Core i7 processor. Not only that but the computer packs anytime 4G LTE connectivity. From the power user to the traveling professional, the Swift 7 should satisfy most anyone’s need.

HP also came out with an always-on, always-connected PC with the Envy X2. The new computer sports 17-hours worth of battery life, Intel performance, and the ability to run full Windows applications. It should be noted that the Envy X2’s battery life was measured by HP and real-world usage may vary a bit. The test was run with full-HD video playback at 150 nits of brightness. The system audio was set at 17 percent, and player audio was set to 100 percent. WiFi was on, but not connected as well.

And finally, Dell used Christmas to announce its brand new Inspiron 5280 2-in-1 PC. It comes with built-in 4G LTE and will also be available in China with two months worth of free LTE data. The new computer comes with Windows 10, of course, and is upgradeable to an i7 Core processor.

According to Intel, there are at least 30 business and consumer-oriented always-on PCs. With all-day battery life and a variety of connection options, these mostly thin and light designs are offered at many price points. These newly announced devices also join a slew of always-on PCs available already including Google’s Pixelbook and Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Air.

Does the idea of an always-connected, always-on PC excite you? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook and stay tuned for even more CES 2018 coverage.

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