ARM CPU powered Surface Pro devices could land later this year

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Microsoft recently revealed a prototype of its Surface tablet that does not rely on Intel’s CPUs. Instead, the device is powered by a Qualcomm’s ARM-based Snapdragon chipset with an unspecified version.

It seems like Microsoft is interested in launching new Surface Pro versions that are going to run on ARM-based processors.

Surface Pro powered by Snapdragon CPU

Apparently, Surface Pro devices will be powered by both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips and Intel CPUs. Currently, the Surface Pro 6 is powered by an Intel Core i5 or i7.

Recent reports reveal that Microsoft has finalized its work on Surface Pro prototypes that run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips.

Moreover, the company might use a Snapdragon processor in a few low-end Surface Pro models. Rumors also suggest the company initially designed its Surface Go tablet on a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU architecture.

As a matter of fact, Intel wanted Microsoft to use Intel’s Pentium Gold Processors for lower-priced tablets. Intel even went to such an extent so as to put some pressure on Microsoft only to realize that Snapdragon 850 is too slow to run Windows 10 systems.

This issue could actually be the main reason why Microsoft dropped that plan.  

If Microsoft changes its mind, the company will prefer Qualcomm for its second-generation Surface Go models. The tech giant is planning a major revamp for the Surface Pro line by the end of this year.

Microsoft is going to unveil some new models as well. You can also expect some new color options, the long-awaited USB-C port, thinner bezels, and some other enhancements.

Furthermore, ARM-powered Surface Pro devices can offer extended battery life. This is definitely an advantage for those users who are constantly on the move.

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