Few months back we have been surprised on how Microsoft showing us the Windows 10 is running on Snapdragon ARM processor. Few months have passed right now and we finally see one of first Snapdragon powered laptop, the ASUS NovaGo TP3370QL. The NovaGo is basically a similar convertible device right now, but it promises of built in 4G support and long last battery life similarly like we have on Android smartphone. Everything is possible here thanks to Snapdragon 835 processor that used in many flagship smartphone last year included the famous Galaxy S8. It’s impressive to see how mobile processor transforming into such a powerful hardware.
As for now, there are only two variants available right now included the one from HP and the one that we are going to review right now. This is a future plan from Microsoft and we would see more and more companies jump into it. Let’s find out how it stands out in comparable with X86 powered system here and what could we expect from this new generation mobile device. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Connectivity
The NovaGo features a very basic and conservative design with alumunim lid and matte chassis finishing. The color and design scheme looks great and not going to make you stand out among the crowd. The entire chassis is created from aluminium for its lid and plastic for base and the rest of area. For around 600 dollars, I think the material selection is good where ASUS puts of aluminium and not just plastic at all. The build quality is decent here especially for a convertible system. There two hinge system allowing you to bend it back into multiple modes depending on your needs. It really looks and feels like a common laptop without any difference.
Measuring at 12.4 x 8.7 x 0.59 inches, the system is weight for only 3.1 pounds. Well, 3 pounds is not the lightest one available now, but should fit small bag with no problem here. The chassis has good finishing here and holding it with single hand is easy here. As for the connectivity, it has everything you need as a travel or work companion. There is no USB type-C support, but it features two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, micro SD slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, and LTE SIM slot. Overall, the design and connectivity are overwhelmingly positive especially with LTE SIM support here.back to menu ↑
Display and Inputs
The display quality is better than I expect here for 600 dollars. We get of 13.3 inch IPS panel with 1920 x 1080p resolution. The color accuracy is not so accurate, but thankfully the brightness and contrast are fine. It produces standard SRGB color space at 60 percent and impressively making 278 nits at brightness. Streaming and doing experience work are just okay here, but for some reasons the screen is quite grainy especially in high brightness level. The common case is happened in matte finishing screen, but rarely happened in touchscreen. Thankfully, it does not feel so annoying during every day usage.
As for the input method, we will see of a decent keyboard with 1.5 mm travel. I have to say the keyboard is not my favorite here, but at least it’s fully usable for editing document. The keys placement and layout are standard, but it takes couple of tries for getting used here. Unfortunately, the backlit support is completely missing here and I miss my old time for typing in low light condition. You should not have any big problem here as long you do not do something professional like writing book here.
|ASUS NovaGo TP3370QL||Main Specs|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.6 GHz|
|Graphics||Adreno 540 Graphic Card|
|OS||Windows 10 S|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery
Well, it’s hard to measure the performance here since we still do not have any specific way for measuring. Any modern benchmark is incompatible for right now and I really hope of seeing further support here. As for now, the Snapdragon 835 is running Windows 10 S which is free to upgrade over to Windows 10. I recommend you to do upgrade as soon as you have it. Running application from Windows store is possible, but installing application from outside source is not possible because of hardware limitation. Microsoft is now working on tweaking their Windows to give a fully support. In term of performance, how smooth it is running. Keep in mind, some applications like Firefox runs slower here, but thankfully the Microsoft Edge is perfectly compatible here.
The real thing I want to test here is the battery life. After doing testing for couple of times, I am finally sure the battery is impressive here. Putting it on idle should give you 31 hours and nearly hours with 4G connection. Surfing and streaming movies basically will give 15 to 16 hours usage which still great in my opinion. ASUS said the battery should long last for 20 hours, but I am not seeing it on my test. Keep in mind, the current Windows is not perfect and we soon see of big improvement over the months or years.back to menu ↑
It’s hard I think to recommend the NovaGo as the primary device due the incompatible of many working applications. For a secondary system, I think this is a perfect choice considering how cheap the price is and how durable the battery life. Carrying the charger is not necessary anymore as the thing lasts better than any Windows laptop right now. Well, the choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. I just hope the information is good enough for you on making an option. Feel free of checking our latest article and mind leaving any comment for further assistance regarding the article.