Review: Qualcomm (Microsoft) SQ1 ARM SoC inside
The day has finally arrived. A high-end design based on Qualcomm’s promising 8CX processor is finally shipping. Two weeks ago, it started shipping in the US, and just a few days ago the first systems shipped to customers in Europe.
Tuned up and rebranded
A Microsoft hardware event revealed the latest Intel, ARM and AMD based products and Surface Pro X based on ARM caught a lot of attentio. To set things straight, the Microsoft SQ1 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX.
Android-based Duo and Windows-based Neo
In addition to new Surface 2-in-1s and laptops that are already available for pre-order and should be shipping later in October, Microsoft unveiled two interesting dual-screen devices that will be coming in late 2020, the Surface Duo and the Surface Neo.
AMD powered 15-inch Surface and Intel-powered 13- and 15-inch
Rumor has it that Microsoft will show an updated Surface Pro based on the Snapdragon 8CX Compute Platform, steering away from the usual Intel-only update. There will also be a 15 inch AMD version so Microsoft is definitely opening up to diverse manufacturers.
As well as a 15-inch screen model
Since Microsoft has scheduled a big Surface event for October 2nd, there were plenty of rumors floating around, suggesting that we might see both a larger 15-inch version of the new Surface Laptop, as well as first-ever one based on AMD hardware.
As fast as a Pentium 2
Software King of the World Microsoft appears to be throttling its Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 down to 400 MHz – which is about the speed of an old Pentium 2.
With upcoming Picasso APUs
According to the rumor mill, Microsoft's future Surface laptop could use AMD hardware, most likely the upcoming Picasso APUs.
Surface Laptop 2, Pro 6, Studio 2 and Surface Headphones as well
At its dedicated event in New York, Microsoft unveiled a couple of new Surface devices, including the Surface Laptop 2, Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2 AiO, and the Surface Headphones.
Smaller Surface Go starts at $399
After an endless line of earlier well-leaked rumors, Microsoft said its cheapest Surface to date, the $399 Surface Go, is up for grabs. The new model is both smaller and lighter, as well as comes with apparently surprisingly decent hardware specifications.