Microsoft’s new Surface RT devices, which may launch with displays ranging between 7-inches and 9-inches, will reportedly use Qualcomm’s processors. The company will continue to use NVIDIA chips in some devices. The current Surface RT runs on NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, though the majority of high-end mobile devices in the United States currently ship with a Qualcomm chip. Bloomberg, which broke the news, said that Qualcomm’s processors will allow Microsoft to “expand the capabilities of the Surface,” though it didn’t clarify in what way.
Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, a possible option for the Surface RT, offers decent battery life and plenty of power and is currently used in the latest crop of high-end smartphones including the HTC One, Galaxy S4 and Optimus G Pro. It could certainly enable more demanding applications, though to be fair, the Surface RT wasn’t created for power. Microsoft’s Intel-powered Surface Pro tablet is the better option in that case.
Microsoft’s new Surface is expected to launch soon, and the recent price drop for educational institutions corroborates with those rumors suggesting that it’s trying to rid itself of extra inventory.
A Microsoft spokesperson was not immediately available when reached for comment by TechnoBuffalo.