Qualcomm and Microsoft announced at Computex 2013 that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor will now support Microsoft's Windows RT 8.1. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 features CPU speeds of 2.2GHz per core
and includes a multimode 3G/4G LTE Modem. USB 3.0 is enabled as well. Microsoft will send out an update later this year from the Windows Phone Store to upgrade tablets to Windows RT 8.1. In the meantime, OEMs will be able to offer new models using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and Windows RT 8.1 later this year.
Last year, Microsoft introduced Windows RT which allowed Windows to run on an ARM supported processor. Bringing Windows RT together with an ARM based processor like the Qualcomm Snapdragon, allowed Snapdragon buyers to produce tablets, notebooks and converts using Windows that are thin, quick and fan-less. At Computex, Qualcomm and Microsoft teamed up to show the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running on an early version of a Windows RT 8.1 slate.
"Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the Windows ecosystem and we are excited to be supporting Windows RT 8.1 with our flagship Snapdragon 800 processors. Our Snapdragon 800 processors offer the best combination of high performance, efficient power usage and LTE network support and will help enable greater flexibility and connectivity options to Microsoft and device manufacturers. Snapdragon 800 processors deliver significant performance improvements across the entire SoC along with support for new Windows RT 8.1 features and services."-Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management, computing and consumer products, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
"We are excited to continue working with Qualcomm Technologies on the next iteration of Windows RT 8.1 with their new Snapdragon 800 processors. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors support our commitment to providing our customers with best-in-class capabilities. Our customers will now have the opportunity to leverage the numerous advantages of these new processors, including integrated 4G/LTE connectivity and outstanding device performance."-Mike Anguilo, Corporate Vice President, Planning and PC Ecosystem, Microsoft Corp.
source: Qualcomm via BGR