The two-in-one releases on November 5th with $999. Microsoft revives the vision of a surface device operated by ARM. Surface Pro X, a Windows 10 hybrid powered by a custom SQ1 processor, was today introduced by the company. The Snapdragon Motor DNA chipset was developed in collaboration with Qualcomm, and possibly relates to the Snapdragon 8cx which was released last December, according to Panos Panay, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer. He said, "You won't find this out anywhere else."
The Surface Pro X looks like the Surface Pro 7 from a distance, though one that has been on a diet. It is 5.3 mm slim and weights 1.68 pounds, a terrain certainly ultrabook. The outer shell is made of anodized aluminum and any inclination up to 165 degrees can be assisted by the kickstand. Nevertheless, the eyes will spend most of their time staring at a 13-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 2880x1920 resolution equal to 267 PPI.
But how is it going to work? Panay reported that the SQ1 provides seven watts of power that is three times "more output per watt" than the Surface Pro 6. In the real world, though, what that entails is vague. At least we know that uses an Adreno 685 iGPU and either 8 GB or 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. It will come with a flexible 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB SSD, depending on your fund. However, what will not change is the choice of the connector— every Surface Pro X will come with two USB-C, one Surface Connect and one nano SIM card slot. It doesn't seem like a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The ARM-based platform means LTE will be supported from the box by the Surface Pro X. It should also be a durability champion: Microsoft guarantees 13 hours of battery life and a zero to 80% fast-charging time of less than an hour. And if you're a sort of stylus, the machine can operate with a Surface Slim Pen with its own' pencil pouch' tray over the keyboard.
Tempted? If so, the Surface Pro X can be pre-ordered for $999 today. Microsoft promises that on November 5th the product will ship and enter store shelves. The Surface Pro X is not a great surprise — for months now such a machine has been speculated. A few days ago, laptop leaker Evan Blass has posted laptop images — as well as Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3.
The latest ARM-powered surfaces of Microsoft include Surface RT and Surface 2, launched respectively in 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, both of these phones used chips from Nvidia Tegra rather than from Qualcomm hardware. The pair ran Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 that has now been removed and built specifically for ARM architecture.
Microsoft intended to offer classic Windows usability at a competitive price point with the (non-Pro) iPad. Nevertheless, Windows RT was a watered-down operating system that could only run programs in the Windows Store. It's not shocking that the company's Pro-branded Surface products— which were more costly and ran Windows 8's full version smoother.
Nonetheless, a lot has changed over the past six years. Windows 10 was better than Windows RT with slowly updated ARM processors. Neither is Microsoft the only one that experiments in this area. In addition to the Galaxy Note 10 in August, Samsung released the Galaxy Book S, a Qualcomm 8cx-powered notebook with 23-hour battery life.
Whether the market actually needs an ARM-powered Windows laptop at the moment, however, is uncertain. While remarkable, the battery life of these devices has historically been at the cost of raw power. Will the Surface Pro X of Microsoft— and its new SQ1 chipset specifically— solve this problem? If not, the appeal could be reduced.