Jerry Shen, CEO of ASUS, proudly launched the world’s first Gigabit LTE laptop running a Windows OS, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. This is the ASUS NovaGo.
This 13.3-inch laptop might like any other ASUS laptop in the market, but with a starting price of US$599 (~RM2,445) and boasting a full HD touch screen with ASUS Pen support, always-on and always connected to pounce into action like your smartphone through eSIM/nano SIM support and boasts up to 22 hours battery life with a 52Wh battery.
But wait, the ASUS NovaGo is also a fully convertible laptop with a 360-degree hinge. So you can use it in tent position, tablet or a regular laptop – the choice is yours whenever you need the flexibility.
Here’s a good look at its keyboard. Note that the trackpad has a fingerprint reader integrated, so it’s ready for enterprise use too.
Given that it’s a convertible laptop and at its price point, you’ll be happy to know that it is 14.9mm thin and weighs 1.39kg. The right profile view sees the power button, volume rocker, headphones output, HDMI output and a nano-SIM slot (certain variants will have eSIM support too).
On the left profile of the ASUS NovaGo, you’ll find two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports and the power brick input. Hmm, we were hoping it would charge over USB Type-C though.
Here’s a peek at the system properties. There is no 6GB RAM variant, so this could be a prototype configuration. The official configuration is 4GB or 8GB RAM. And yes, it runs on Windows 10 S, but as we’ve covered before, it can be unlocked to a Windows 10 Pro OS.
Lastly, the ASUS NovaGo will come in two configurations – a 4GB RAM/64GB storage option at US$599 (~RM2,445) and an 8GB RAM/256GB storage at US$799 (~RM3,262). All the goodness of Windows 10 like Windows Ink support, Cortana and Windows Hello in an always-connected laptop with great battery life, the ASUS NovaGo is paving the way for a new breed of laptops for the modern day needs. In fact, this could put an end to tablets, which have always been an intermediary device.