Microsoft to use Windows 10-focused Snapdragon 1000 chip for foldable Surface Phone?

Microsoft to use Windows 10-focused Snapdragon 1000 chip for foldable Surface Phone?
According to a report out of Germany, Microsoft and Qualcomm are working together on the ARM based SDM1000 chip (Snapdragon 1000?) that is designed to work on more powerful Windows notebooks and 2-in-1 devices. In other words, this could be the chip that drives the foldable Surface Phone device that we've seen in patent sketches and renders. The SDM1000 would compete against Intel's Y and U processor series.

The report notes that the SDM1000 measures 20mm x 15mm, which is large compared to the 12.4mm x 12.4mm size of the Snapdragon 835, 845 and upcoming 855 Mobile Platforms. It still would be smaller than the 45mm x 24mm size of an Intel core processor.

A job description posted by a Qualcomm employee on LinkedIn states that he manages testing of Qualcomm's "premium tier chipset SDM845 and SDM1000 for desktop, Andromeda, and Hololens." If we assume (which is always a dangerous risk, we know) that this is legit, we still are left wondering whether the Andromeda project is actually a foldable phone/tablet, and whether it is the mythical Surface Phone.

The silence from Microsoft is deafening. In other words, the more silent the software giant is, the more it feels that something big is on the horizon.

Job description posted on LinkedIn by a Qualcomm employee

Job description posted on LinkedIn by a Qualcomm employee


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16 Comments

1. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

"The silence from Microsoft is deafening. " And torturous. I can't take it anymore, I'm giving this to the end of the year and if all we have are still rumors, fan concept art, and speculation along with new "insider scoops" for early next year announcement (getting ready to bait us for another year), I'm moving on. I want this to become reality but I've been hearing "Surface Phone confirmed " now for years.

16. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Can't believe how time flies, but I moved on 3 years ago. Would have indeed been torturous, and pointless, to waste the past three years waiting. If they come back, they come back. I'll keep an eye on what they do come back with, but in no way will I be immediately jumping on it like I may have in years past. They lost that trust.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The Surface Phone is the Half-Life 3 of mobile products.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Wow, you are into gaming too?! Are u also a mobile gamer and play clash royale, csr 2, etc. Or just PC/console??

6. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I've bought a few mobile games in my day. I mostly play Shadowgun Legends, Fate/GO and some JRPGs on my phone.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I played SHADOWGUN Deadzone for a while and eventually left out of it. How's Legends?

10. kiko007

Posts: 7379; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Really good for a mobile shooter. Like, almost as good as one could be on a touchscreen... good.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Cool. Let me see if it spikes me..but so far, the best game for me is WOT on mobile. Can't beat that for me.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1284; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I only play clash royale right now. But a gaming pc is in the works.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

How many trophies? If u have 2800 or higejr trophies than you can join our clan called Dark soul, with a 35000 score, 39 members, and is international. I am a co leader so could promote you if you work enough :) Also, we have about 900 clan war trophies...!

3. theot14430 unregistered

Already bombed. Who’s going to buy it?

5. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

We all can't take it anymore. I'll give them until August, if there is no announcements, I'll take the note9 and never look back.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3028; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm sure it's just codename for 2-in-1 MS Surface / Surface Book. Surface Pro (2018) should come out in the next few months, and that processor size is two times bigger compared to SD845 (area size), so it's most likely not a smartphone's processor.

13. Sleeplessmedal

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 02, 2018

They are waiting for the perfect moment. With no rush sounds interesting.

14. hemedans

Posts: 744; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

phonearena not all Intel core are that large. dimension of core M/Y series in skylake and kabylake is 20mm x 16.5mm. Probably Canon lake will be even smaller.

15. Marcwand3l

Posts: 370; Member since: May 08, 2017

Taking in consideration that Snapdragon 1000 is most likely designed on second gen 7nm the difference in size vs Snapdragon 835, 845 is quite significant. It's the first true performance focused SOC from Qualcomm and it will be interesting to see how well it will perform.

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