Surface X : Welcome to the world of ARM

Qualcomm recently announced its new Snapdragon series of Chipsets which was specifically designed to run Windows. Sooner or later, we were hoping to see ARM powered Windows laptops. And Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s first ARM powered tablet.




Why is ARM interesting ? Because ARM makes things portable and power efficient. It’s the ARM processors that have made our smartphones so compact but yet so powerful. But until now, ARM powered Windows devices have not been meaningful. It’s usually underpowered and its downsides far outweighs its upsides.

The new Surface Pro X with SQ1 processor is fast, provides 4G connectivity and it makes the surface X even slimmer than other Pro models. And this could be iPad Pro killer that Microsoft fans had been waiting for.

Along with new processor, Microsoft has added new slim Surface Pen. It has its own dock on the keyboard and charges it internally not needing to replace AAAA batteries like the old surface pen needed.

CPU: Microsoft SQ1
RAM: 8GB or 16GB
Display: 13 inches (2880 x 1920)
Storage: 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
Ports: USB-C (2), 1 SurfaceConnect
Battery life: 13 hours (rated)
Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5, LTE Advanced
Dimensions: 11.3 in x 8.2 in x 0.28 inches
Weight: 1.68 lbs

It’s all pretty interesting right ? Yes, but we still need some time to figure out if this might be worth the $999 price tag. The real problem comes when it comes to Apps. Though Windows has a huge collection of Apps, most of them is designed to run on x86 platform. Microsoft claims that Surface Pro X can run x86 apps by emulating them realtime with almost negligible performance difference. But we have to wait to see how it fares in real life.

With rumours of Apple looking to release ARM powered laptops in the future, Microsoft has steeped up its game in 2in1 laptops/tablet market. Stay tuned with @arul2810 to know about full verdict of Surface Pro X after it comes out into the market.

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