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Microsoft has quite a compelling device on its hands with the Surface Pro X. It's a thin and light 2-in-1 convertible that boasts amazing battery life (13 hours of VLC video looping in our tests) thanks in part to its Microsoft SQ1 ARM SoC that’s based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx.  Despite the ARM processor, the Surface Pro X provides the full Windows 10 experience and for the most part has good compatibility with legacy x86-32 apps. Throw in a brilliant PixelSense display and fanless design, and you have a lightweight workhorse for those that have a daily workload that isn't overly CPU intensive.  One big knock against the Surface Pro X -- by some -- has been its price... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Surface Pro X back in early October, and it first went on sale earlier this month. The convertible has been praised for its thin and light design, as well as its large 13-inch display. However, there have been serious questions raised about overall performance from the Arm-based Microsoft SQ1 SoC and the app compatibly. While the Surface Pro X can run native ARM64 apps in Windows 10 and 32-bit x86 app via emulation, it cannot run 64-bit x86 apps in emulation. That may change very soon according to a new report from Neowin. The publication says that although Qualcomm stated that 64-bit x86 emulation was never in the cards for its SoCs -- the SQ1 is an... Read more...
Microsoft launched its highly anticipated -- and might we say good lookin' -- Surface Pro X convertible early last month. The device is notable for its inclusion of a custom, Qualcomm-based Microsoft SQ1 SoC. The SQ1 is an offshoot of the Snapdragon 8xc, and thus is an ARM-based design rather than the x86 processors from Intel that Microsoft has typically used. Today, the Surface Pro X is finally shipping with prices starting at $999. That price will get you a device configured with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB storage. Opting for the $1,499 mid-range configuration will get you 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Finally, the flagship model is priced at $1,799 and doubles storage capacity to... Read more...
When Microsoft first announced the Surface family, it was available in both x86 and ARM versions. However, it didn't take long for Microsoft to release that the limited app ecosystem and performance of the ARM version wasn't attracting customers, so it abandoned its efforts after the Surface 2. Today, however, Microsoft is going back to ARM with the all-new Surface Pro X, which is bringing with it a much more powerful SoC to provide a compelling balance of performance and battery life. At the heart of the Surface Pro is Microsoft's new SQ1 processor. This SoC was engineered in partnership with Qualcomm and incorporates a Microsoft-designed AI engine (9 TFLOPs compute). Although it was not mentioned,... Read more...