Surface Phone to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 830

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor for mobile devices is the latest in the Snapdragon line, and we understand it will be built on Samsung’s 10nm design for better overall performance and power management.

In the past, we’ve heard bad things about the Snapdragon 830 where power is concerned. Apparently, Qualcomm was having problems getting a hold of the processor’s power demand, and as such, test devices were getting too hot or overheating. It would now seem as if this problem has been rectified.

One important thing we should point out about the Snapdragon 830, is the fact that it supports up to 8GB of RAM. With the software giant pushing to get Continuum accepted by the masses and planning to have a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Mobile in the near future, this processor could be an important driving stone.

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In fact, a recently leaked document shows that Microsoft could very well be on the verge of supporting this processor. Should this happen, we’d likely not see the first Microsoft smartphone with Snapdragon 830 inside until 2017 or later this year.

A processor such as this would make it possible for Microsoft to push forward its plan to have x86 apps run on Windows 10 Mobile devices through the power of emulation. Doing so would require speed and more RAM than what is available in current smartphones.

Maybe the rumored Surface Phone is real, and maybe the launch date is indeed 2017 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor inside. If this is the case, then we could be in for an interesting Build 2017 event, followed by the Redst0ne update and whatever else the software giant has in store for us in 2017.

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