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Having spent some hands-on time with the Surface Pro X, we can say it is an interesting and even a promising device (see our review of the Surface Pro X for an in-depth analysis). There is definitely room for some improvement, though. And improvements are likely coming, according to the latest rumors surrounding a refreshed Surface Pro X. The Surface Pro X is Microsoft's attempt to leverage Arm hardware in its Surface product line. Arm is everywhere these days, from smartphones and tablets, to a wealth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and everything in between. And more recently, Arm has found its way into some Windows 10 PCs (which importantly should not be confused with Windows RT). According... Read more...
As we reported yesterday, the first Apple Developer Transition Kits are finding their ways into the hands of eager app developers. Apple is making these Mac mini-style kits available so that develops can get native Arm-based apps ready for new Macs that will begin shipping later this year. These new Macs will be powered by what's being called "Apple Silicon" for now, but the Developer Transition Kits are powered by the current-generation A12Z Bionic SoC (which actually just a mild spec bump of the 2018-era A12X Bionic). Naturally, the first benchmarks for these systems are starting to filter through, and they're quite interesting. There are currently 28 listings in Geekbench... Read more...
How low with the Surface Pro X go? We are still finding out, and if you have been kicking yourself for not picking one up a short while ago when it was on sale for $899.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, relax your leg and give your rear-end a break.  Microsoft's Surface Pro X is the recipient of another price cut, this time with a savings of $450 over its MSRP. You can snag the Surface Pro X at Amazon for $849.99 right now. That beats the previous sale by $50, and is the lowest price we have ever seen for one of these. And this time around, it is only Amazon that is offering the sizeable savings—over at Best Buy, it is back up to its regular $1,299.99 retail price for the 8GB RAM + 256GB... Read more...
The Surface Pro X is a bit of an odd duck in Microsoft’s hardware family. While it looks much like its siblings with a large LCD display, kickstand, optional keyboard and Windows 10 support, the Surface Pro X is powered by an Arm processor instead of an x86-64 processor from Intel. The Surface Pro usually starts at $999, and that configuration will get you 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Stepping up to 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage typically costs you $1,299. However, both Amazon and Best Buy are knocking $400 off that latter configuration’s price, bringing it down to a low $899 – even lower than the base configuration. Microsoft Surface Pro X (8GB/256GB) $899.99 @... Read more...
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 Surface Pro X (left) and Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (right) - Similar But Very Different Beasts Microsoft's Surface Pro line of convertible tablets has long been one of the standards by which premium Windows hybrid convertibles are judged. The Surface Pro family has been around for years, but these latest tablet 2-in-1 devices come with a twist. First is the tried-and-true Surface Pro 7 with an Intel Core processor and a surprising amount of power for the form factor. However, the Surface Pro is now available with an Arm 64 system-on-a-chip (SoC) and platform from Qualcomm, to boost battery life and expand connectivity with Gigabit LTE, while still providing respectable performance. We're... Read more...
Windows 7 extended support ends tomorrow, as we're detailed on numerous occasions. For most people, the most obvious "fix" would be to upgrade to Windows 10, which just about anyone can do for free as long as you're running an authorized, genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.  However, the folks over at Microsoft have another, more expensive proposition for those that are running an older Windows 7 PC. The company is encouraging businesses to just buy one of its Surface-branded computers. Going out and purchasing a brand new, fully functioning PC when a free upgrade to Windows 10 would suffice for most businesses seems like overkill, but Microsoft is trying to move hardware here,... Read more...
Microsoft's brand-new Surface Pro X convertible began shipping to customers earlier this week, and we've already seen that the device is surprisingly accessible when it comes to repairability. And we also can't argue with the good looks of the device, which has rounded edges, a slimmer chassis, and smaller display bezels than the Surface Pro 7. However, one aspect of the Surface Pro X that has come under fire from reviewers (and those that plunked down at least $999) is app compatibility -- or rather, the lack thereof in many cases. This problem was confounded by the act that it wasn’t made clear in the Microsoft Store that the Surface Pro X is incompatible with a number of apps... 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...
Yesterday, Microsoft unloaded a bevy of updates to its Surface family including the refreshed Surface Pro 7, the Surface Laptop 3 (with a new 15-inch variant), and the all-new Surface Pro X. The company also gave us a glimpse at two products that will launch in 2020: the Surface Neo and the Surface Duo. We were able to get hands on the former three products and have some images that we'd like to share of them all below. At the same time, we'll give you a quick overview of what each has to offer. Surface Pro 7 This is largely a minor refresh to the Surface Pro 6 that launched last year. It features the same chassis design as its predecessor, with the exception of a USB-C port that has been added... 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...