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The Surface Pro X gets better: Qualcomm and Microsoft continue redefining mobile computing

Oct 1, 2020

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Qualcomm Technologies enables world-class mobile computing experiences by pushing the boundaries of performance and efficiency on thin and light fanless PCs, and bringing the best features of your smartphone to your mobile PC.

We joined forces with Microsoft to enable a digital transformation with mobile-first, cloud computing Windows 10 PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon compute platforms. This revolutionary journey together led to the Surface Pro X – a powerful 2-in-1 utilizing the Microsoft SQ1 processor developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. Reviews heralded the Surface Pro X for its performance, best-in-class 4G connectivity, and thin, portable form factor.

We are thrilled about today’s announcement about a new configuration of the Microsoft Surface Pro X powered by Microsoft SQ2, Microsoft’s custom processor developed in coordination with Qualcomm Technologies. Tapping the efficiency and leading technology of Snapdragon compute platforms, the Microsoft SQ2 will enable increased performance and incredible battery life, while utilizing advanced AI acceleration, camera quality and audio clarity to help users connect, work, and learn virtually anywhere.

The new configuration of the Surface Pro X, powered by SQ2, continues to leverage the best features of Snapdragon compute, including intelligent camera experiences, like Microsoft’s Eye Contact, powered by leading Qualcomm AI technology. As a Secured-core PC, the Surface Pro X also delivers enterprise-grade security leveraging our dedicated secure hardware, firmware, and software capabilities. When added to the performance, efficiency, and connectivity users have come to expect from Snapdragon-enabled Windows PCs, the enhanced AI, camera, security, and audio experiences of the Surface Pro X address the growing demands and expectations of our current work environment. And with dependable cellular connectivity enabled by the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, the Surface Pro X joins the expanding portfolio of Always On, Always Connected PCs built on Snapdragon compute DNA, meaning your device can keep up with you.*

Expanded Signature Keyboard color options including Platinum, Ice Blue and Poppy Red will allow Surface Pro X consumers and enterprise customers to customize the look of their devices. Each option includes the same built-in storage and wireless charging for the Surface Slim Pen.

We are incredibly proud of this device, and the successful co-development of the custom Microsoft SQ2 processor. Utilizing Qualcomm Technologies’ cutting-edge technology to enable breakthrough mobile computing experiences, the Surface Pro X strengthens Microsoft’s commitment to serving both consumers and enterprises with more powerful ARM-based devices. The SQ2-powered Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s thinnest, lightest, and most connected 2-in-1, and offers up to 15 hours of battery life.*

Microsoft also announced additional optimization of popular application experiences for Windows 10 on ARM devices, and the roll out of x64 emulation to the Windows Insider Program in November. This is in addition to the recent expansion of Microsoft’s App Assure program to help customers, developers, and independent software vendors address Windows 10 on ARM application compatibility issues, at no additional cost for qualifying customers. Brad Anderson recently wrote about the expansion in his blog post and it was discussed in a Qualcomm press note.

*Always Connected PCs require network connection and gigabit-class LTE connectivity requires a compatible network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.


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