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Microsoft may have an ARM-powered Surface Pro this year

By reviews / 26. June 2019

Back in the early days of Surface, Microsoft used a mix of Intel and ARM-based chips on its new hardware range, before phasing out the latter and using the former pretty much exclusively. But according to a report in Petri, the company is planning on mixing up its chips with this years devices

The ARM chip is planned for the Surface Pro line, and it would sell alongside an Intel version. The device, codenamed Excalibur, features the 8cx SoC, which Microsoft has apparently been working on with Qualcomm. Its said to be an entry-level model, rivalling the Core i5 version. Elsewhere, Microsoft is said to be testing AMD Picasso chips in the next generation of Surface Laptops, too

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Beyond a refresh of the innards, not much is expected to change in the Surface family design wise this generationunless Project Centaurus gets its skates on. Designs will be pretty much indistinguishable, barring the introduction of USB-C instead of the Surface Connect port

So why is Microsoft trying so hard to explore options that dont involve Intel? While its true that the two companies have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship over the years, sources have told Petri that the two are now onshaky ground”. Theres no elaboration there, but Windows Central speculates that itslikely related to Intels recent chip shortage and lack of innovation in chip design.”

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Of course all of these products are just prototypes for now, and its possible that Microsoft will revert to the tried and trusted Intel-only approach. Well find out when the company decides to have another Surface hardware eventand thatll probably be in October.

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