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Next Microsoft Surface RT to feature a Snapdragon chip

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Next Microsoft Surface RT to feature a Snapdragon chip
Microsoft is already selling off its Surface RT by the bunch, discounting it to $199 to educational institutions, but that does not mean the end for the tablet as now Bloomberg says there will be a next Surface RT and it will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Bloomberg is definitely a trust-worthy source, but bear in mind that nothing is official just yet.

The news comes just as the Snapdragon 800 MDP leaked out showing impressive results, comparing well with Cortex A15 architectures and showing big strengths in the graphical department where the Adreno 330 basically sets a new standard for mobile graphics.

Bloomberg does not specify whether the new Surface RT will indeed use the Snapdragon 800, but that seems like the most likely candidate. The first edition RT that is sold right now runs on an Nvidia Tegra 3.

Interestingly, though, there is a possibility that there will be multiple versions of the next Surface RT tablet and Nvidia might still get to manufacture chips for some of them. Could that mean the Surface RT will arrive at multiple price points as well? That is one uncertain probability.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 19 Jun 2013, 05:49 7

1. Caocao (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

Snapdragon chips are becoming standard chips as OEM's tend to resort to it as a universal standard of smartphone and tablet processing.
The amount of money snapdragon is making, IS TOO DAMN HA.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 06:00 1

2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

I don't think the price will be any different as Samsung does the same thing with its many smartphones using different chips... And Microsoft can absorb the loss just too have their sales up.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:32

3. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I think this new Qualcomm 800 chip also has built LTE if it does this will make the Surface Rt more mobile because you wont have to depend on WIFI connections Hmm definitely a plus for the Windows RT tablets. they will get cheaper because Windows Rt OS will be able to be put on small 7 and 8 inch screens later this year through the Windows "Blue updates that will be go on all Windows "8" Desktop/Server/Laptops and Windows Smartphones, and Tablets

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:39

4. jove39 (Posts: 1964; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

May be MS is trying to consolidate their ARM based devices to run on Qualcomm hardware...WP already runs on snapdragon and now RT on snapdragon too...this will help MS to reduce development costs.

Well, I was expecting MS to make next Surface RT with Tegra4...but now with Snapdragon 800...who cares for Tegra :)

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:27

5. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Sounds good. If it's comparable to A15 but with a more manageable TDP it should make the RT run great. The first generation with the Tegra 3 was a tiny bit choppy...

From what I've heard the Snapdragon 800 should outperform any and all Atoms released by Intel so far... but we'll see how it holds up against Baytrail soon.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 17:26

6. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


It's pretty much the chip to beat now. It destroys previous chips in graphic performance.

If the next RT comes out with this, I'm glad I waited for the second one before jumping on an RT Tablet.

Not sure how it compares to Atom chips, though anandtech will likely release an article comparing them when they both become available.

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