Microsoft plans to defeat Apple’s M3 MacBook Air with Arm-powered laptops

Microsoft is counting on the Snapdragon X Elite to help its Arm-based Windows computers defeat the M3 MacBook Air.

Microsoft plans to unveil its first consumer AI computers at a special event in late May. In the run-up to the event, The Verge has published an exclusive report that sheds light on Microsoft’s plans, saying that the company is preparing to take on Apple’s M3 processor.

Apparently, Microsoft believes that a new generation of Arm-based Windows laptops can beat the M3 MacBook Air not only in AI, but also in CPU performance.

Microsoft is counting on the Snapdragon X Elite processor. For years, the company has been hoping for Qualcomm to deliver, but in the end, Apple has shown the best possible performance in the Arm space. Now, with the X Elite, Microsoft wants to challenge Apple.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is so confident in the X Elite that it plans to show several demos to prove that it is more powerful than the M3. These demos will focus on CPU-intensive tasks, AI acceleration, and even application emulation.

The Redmond giant is set to claim that the next generation of Windows computers will outperform Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulation system. Rosetta 2 is a software layer that Apple uses in its latest Macs to allow them to run x64 applications written for Intel processors.

Application emulation has been one of the biggest weaknesses of the Arm version of Windows (Windows on Arm). Two years ago, Microsoft introduced x64 application emulation software for Windows 11, but it ultimately turned out that it did not perform well due to weak processors.

Microsoft plans to offer the consumer models of the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 with the Snapdragon X Elite processor, rather than Intel’s Core Ultra series processors. The Redmond giant recently unveiled enterprise models of its two new laptops with Core Ultra processors.

Microsoft refers to devices equipped with the Snapdragon X Elite as “next-generation AI Copilot PCs” to differentiate them from devices equipped with the latest AMD and Intel processors. Copilot AI computers will have early access to new Windows 11 features like AI Explorer.

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