Microsoft is proud to present their Windows 10 Continuum running super smoothly on Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 based Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950XL, the Microsoft branded devices resulting from the acquisition of Nokia, following a huge work by Microsoft together with their partners such as Qualcomm, to bring a full Windows 10 experience to ARM, powering the future of the Desktop and the Laptop through an ARM Powered smartphone, outputting a full Windows experience to an external display using DisplayPort over USB Type-C through a desktop dock or a laptop dock.
Backwards compatibility of x86 Windows apps can be supported through a cloud solution, such as the one HP is providing with their HP Elite x3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 based Windows Continuum phone coming out a few months from now.
I believe the best solution for Microsoft will be to support Windows 10 on Android, so when you dock an Android phone through a desktop dock or a laptop dock, then Microsoft needs to make sure that a full Windows 10 Continuum on ARM experience can be outputted from the Android phone on that secondary display. Microsoft needs to make Windows 10 an "external-only" home replacement which needs to work on any Android device.
faytech is a leading German manufacturer of touchscreen devices with their own manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen, China. Here is a 38-minute tour of faytech's US headquarters in New York with managing founder Arne Weber, visiting Infotek, faytech's maintenance and repair services servicing partner in Manhattan and MetroClick, faytech's project development partner in Manhattan, and showing off several projects being deployed using faytech touch displays in New York:
- ButterflyMX Intercom System, an 11.6’’ intercom system produced in cooperation with ButterflyMX. Cyrus Claffey, the CEO of ButterflyMX, presents an already installed and operating system at one of the residential buildings in downtown New York.
- Christie & Co. Salon and Spa with the owner Lois Christie, one of the TOP 20 beauty salons in USA, tells how putting a faytech 55’’ Touchscreen PC Kiosk in their salons helps expand her business and encourage customers to engage using social media after their beauty procedure.
- Proof 7, one of the last remaining big printing companies in New York, uses faytech to improve the reliability of their service.
- Lexus Installation at Madison Square Garden, faytech devices are part of something luxurious and technologically advanced.
- Hercules installed in 400 Hercules laundry shops in New York, faytech touch devices are being used for faster more reliable customer support when a laundry machine stops working.
faytech can deliver large stock of standard touch devices and they have the flexibility and competence to realize any touch device project. You can contact faytech at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seshu Madhavapeddy, VP of Product Management, responsible for the mobile compute product line at Qualcomm, presents the awesome HP Elite x3 phablet powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 running Windows 10 Mobile with Continuum. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to bring Windows to Qualcomm ARM SoCs, running the Universal apps and enabling Continuum using the dock.
Intel partners with Huawei to release Huawei's first Intel consumer device, the Huawei MateBook running on an Intel Core-M3/M5/M7 processor, with different skews from 4GB/8GB RAM and from 128GB/512GB SSD storage, to be sold from $699 to $1599 without the keyboard dock. Kirk Skaugen talks about how Intel says that the 2-in-1 segment is their fastest growing consumer client market after the phablet with a 40% growth in 2015 compared with 2014 (but not saying how many units that represents). Kirk Skaugen also says Intel is looking forward to provide "full" Windows Continuum products also taking advantage of USB Type-C DisplayPort and other screen outputs and smart docks that add connectors also through USB Type-C like the MateDock.
Off camera I asked him (as I've been asking every Intel spokesperson that I see at tradeshows for years) when Intel would be making ARM Processors for consumer devices in their Fab, letting the market choose which architecture is best to use, but he smiled and didn't respond. Check back later on my channel for more on that, probably.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 on 14nm is ready shown in LeTV Le Max Pro, LG G5 and the Sony Xperia X using their newest Kryo custom ARMv8 64bit CPU, their newest Adreno GPU and their newest Spectra ISP camera image sensor. Qualcomm also releases 3 new ARM processors, the Snapdragon 625 on 14nm, Snapdragon 425 and Snapragon 435 for the mid-tier and sub-premium tier. Those include the Snapdragon 500 series GPU, faster memory bandwidth and more. Qualcomm shows ultrasonic fingerprint technology that can go behind glass. Qualcomm shows 802.11ad for up to 7gbit/s Wi-Fi over the 60Ghz spectrum, and they show their newest LTE modems, the Qualcomm X12 LTE modem, and the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem that can go to gbit/s speeds over LTE.
HP shows the future of computing! HP's vision for the future of consumer and enterprise pocketable electronics, the Windows 10 Continuum enabled HP Elite x3 running on the super fast 14nm (Samsung Fab) Snapdragon 820. HP offers DeskDock with USB Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB2, DisplayPort, USB Type-C. It outputs to a large display, with an RF or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. HP Elite X3 has a 5.96" 2K 2560x1440 Super AMOLED with 550nits brightness "best in class".4GB LPDDR4 RAM. 64GB internal with Dual Nano SIM that can also be One Nano SIM and one MicroSD card slot. "Best in class" single touch fingerprint scanner. A second biometric authentication is the iris scanner. IP67 waterproof 1.5m for 30 minutes "all sealed". Shock-proof with Gorilla Glass. 4150mAh battery. HP even shows their "empty" 12.8" thin bezel Laptop Dock "mobile extender" under 1kg to be powered by this amazing phone! The Laptop dock also miracast wirelessly. Bang and olufsen sound. Pogopins on the back of the phone allows it to extend with Smart back-cases, a POS (point of sale) solution and I also suggest them in the video to do an E Ink back-case for long battery life sunlight readable e-reading. Everybody at Microsoft, Qualcomm, HP and even Marc Benioff CEO of Salesforce is excited about this product. HP talks about running their virtualization engine to run any x86 app through the cloud. This looks like they are all going to make sure this product gets successfully deployed on the market by Summer this year.
I think that HP should try to price the full bundle at below the current price of a high-end iPhone/Samsung, thus below $700 including the Desktop, keyboard/mouse and also including the "empty" 12.8" Laptop Dock. The Desktop Dock needs a HDMI output. Of course I'd like to finally see Google supply an Android Continuum UI alternative solution at Google I/O. I also perhaps think that Microsoft's Continuum dock is better with a cable and the phone on the table than having it docked upright.
The USB Implementers Forum comprises companies like Google, Samsung, HP, Intel and many others work together on specifying the spec of USB Type-C. It's easier to use (it can be flipped on both sides), it goes faster (up to above 40Gbit/s). Alternate modes can be supported such as Thunderbolt, DisplayPort and the proprietary mode Slimport, the standard mode MHL by the MHL Consortium. Devices shipping without display, with the 3 different ways to do display, with some shipping USB2 speed and others USB3 speed, it just seems to be a bit of a fragmentation in the implementation of USB Type-C here in the beginning. Basically consumers must make sure to understand what each device supports "behind" the USB Type-C connector.
Acer is about to sell an awesome Windows 10 Continuum package that includes a nice 22" LCD display monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse, a docking station to use with the included Acer Liquid Jade running Windows 10 Mobile with Windows Continuum, designed to support all professional users full desktop usage requirements, with many more apps being added to Microsoft's Windows 10 platform. For example Facebook just added their app. The Acer Liquid Jade Primo has a nice 5.5" super AMOLED display, 3GB RAM, 32GB Flash. The idea for the pricing is that this Acer might cost about the same as a high-end iPhone or Samsung but it is to include the whole bundle of external 22" display, the keyboard/mouse and Continuum dock. Acer is trying to launch this premium package worldwide. The target market is small to medium to large size companies who can give one of these to each of their employees, and thus get all their employees to switch to ARM Powered productivity!
DisplayPort has been implemented over USB Type-C, showcased in products such as the Microsoft Continuum products, Apple, Dell, Lenovo also have laptops that output video using DisplayPort over USB Type-C. Then the dock or adapter outside may then convert DisplayPort to HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort output.
Watch the Huawei MWC 2015 press conference from my seat. Please link to the official recorded press conference video in the comments so that I can also link to it here for people who prefer to watch the official video, if there is one.