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Microsoft is reportedly testing two exciting new surface models – BGR



A rumor earlier this week claimed that Microsoft is working on a Surface notebook based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx platform, designed for 2019 Windows 10 devices, and we now have more details in the case.

It seems that Microsoft wants to run a Surface Pro with 8cx, which will be a custom version of Qualcomm's chip. In addition, Microsoft also looks at AMD processors for the Surface Laptop line as it wants to explore other options than Intel.

Microsoft's relationship with Intel is on "shaky ground" according to Petri although it is unclear why. But Microsoft is testing ARM and AMD processors for its next-generation surface models.

The next Surface Laptop can come in an AMD version powered by a Picasso 1

2nm SoC. Surface Pro 7 meanwhile can start with a custom Snapdragon 8cx inside – one that has been developed on campus in Redmond. Microsoft has worked closely with Qualcomm on this custom ARM chip based on its own specifications, so it works better with Windows 10. The chip is codenamed Excalibur, a moniker who has previously been backed. The ARM Surface Pro laptop can be used as a reference device for other OEMs who want to develop their own 8-inch Windows 10 notebooks.

Despite Microsoft's interest in AMD and ARM silicon, Intel-based Surface Laptops will still be in stores year-round, including brand new Surface Pro 7 and Surface Book models. The report notes that the Pro 7 will look much like last year's Pro 6, but it comes with a USB-C connector and without Thunderbolt 3 functionality.

A Surface Pro redesign has been postponed to 2020 while the rumor dual-screen Centaurus device is not expected to start this year – unless Microsoft can justify the need for such hardware. Image Source: Microsoft


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