It appears that Microsoft
is about to refresh its Surface RT
hardware; according to Bloomberg, Microsoft has been testing versions of the Surface RT with Qualcomm
Snapdragon chips inside instead of the NVIDIA Tegra 3
SoCs it’s been using thus far. This jibes with an earlier report
that Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors would power Windows RT 8.1 tablets.
The report says that in fact Microsoft will be rolling out new Surface RT tablets with Qualcomm SoCs inside while still offering some versions with the current Tegra 3. Ostensibly, the change will primarily serve to enable mobile broadband; 4G LTE in mobile chips is an area in which Qualcomm shines.
Surface RT tablet
Although the Surface RT currently doesn’t use Qualcomm Snapdragons, other Windows RT tablet makers do; Dell, for example, puts them in its XPS 10 tablets.
Irrespective of the reasoning for rolling with Qualcomm instead of NVIDIA, Microsoft has to try something to invigorate Surface RT sales. So far, market penetration has been poor, and some tablet makers seem to already be bailing
on Windows RT.