Microsoft Testing ARM-Powered Surface Models
Microsoft is tipped to incorporate a custom version of Qualcomm’s 8cx chip within its new Surface Pro 7, with tech giant reportedly testing AMD processors amid a “shaky” relationship with Intel.
Reports from earlier in the week claim Microsoft is working on a Surface notebook based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx platform, which is designed for 2019 Windows 10 devices.
Today, BGR reports Microsoft wants to power the upcoming Surface Pro 7 with a custom version of Qualcomm’s 8cx chip.
Microsoft is currently working closely with Qualcomm on this custom ARM chip – codenamed Excalibur – based on its own specs, to make sure it works better on the Windows 10 platform.
Details of the Pro 7 state it will look similar to last year’s Pro 6, but will come with a USB-C connector and without Thunderbolt 3 functionality.
The planned Surface Pro redesign has been postponed to 2020.