ASUS NovaGo first impressions: heralding the era of affordable laptops with all-day battery life
“The NovaGo is traditional-looking laptop that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 platform”
Taiwanese giant ASUS has never shied away from experimentation. Be it the introduction of netbooks with Eee PC, convertibles in the Transformer range, or ultrabooks under the ZenBook (review) branding – the brand has constantly pushed boundaries. And at the second annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, the company released the world’s first Gigabit LTE-capable laptop. Dubbed ASUS NovaGo TP370, it’s an always-connected PC which lets you leave your charger behind. We spent some time with the device, and here’s how we’ll sum up our experience.
Just like HP’s ENVY X2 (first impressions), the ASUS NovaGo comes across as a conventional laptop. On the face of it, its differentiating factor won’t be immediately apparent – and that’s not a bad thing. Unlike the detachable HP offering however, it’s a convertible which means that the screen can’t be detached. It does support multiple modes thanks to the 360-degree rotatable hinge.
The build quality seems quite solid with the aluminium construction. The good thing is that the notebook isn’t too heavy, weighing in at 1.3kg. With a thickness of 14.9mm, the NovaGo is fairly slim, though it’s not in the league of ultrabooks.
The ASUS NovaGo sports a 13.3-inch display with a 1080p resolution, which manages to deliver impressive visuals. The touchscreen is quite responsive as well, and also supports the ASUS Pen. The keys on the keyboard offer a decent amount of travel and offers good feedback when pressed. Interestingly, the device also comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the trackpad.
In comparison to the HP ENVY X2, the NovaGo goes all out in terms of the ports on offer. It has two full-sized USB ports, one HDMI port, a 3.5mm socket, slots for SIM card and SD card, and of course, a charging port. It also has hardware buttons for the power switch and volume rocker on the right edge.
Inside, the ASUS NovaGo draws power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform. The device is available in multiple variants with the base model offering 4GB RAM and the high-end one featuring 8 gigs of RAM, while the UFS 2.0 storage varies from 64GB to 256GB.
Thanks to the Qualcomm X16 LTE Modem, the NovaGo can support up to 1Gbps speeds, which is almost three to seven times faster than broadband speeds. That’s possible because the device supports up to four carrier aggregation and MIMO antennas in 4 x 4 configuration. It also supports eSIM or nano-SIM for on-the-go connectivity.
With the battery rated at 52Wh, the ASUS NovaGo promises to deliver battery life of more than a day. As per the brand, it can last up to 22 hours during video playback and over 30 days.
The laptop runs the full-fledged version of Windows, though it must be noted it’s comes with Windows 10 S, which only runs apps from the Store. Users can upgrade to the Pro edition free of charge though. The NovaGo also features support for Windows Hello, Windows Ink and Cortana.
The ASUS Nova Go’s base version is priced at $599 (roughly Rs ), while the high-end model will cost $799 (approximately Rs 39,000). It’ll be going on sale in regions like China, France, Italy, Taiwan, US, and the UK. Sadly there’s no information if and when the convertible will be launched in the Indian market.
Disclosure: this writer attended the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech summit on Qualcomm India’s invitation.