Microsoft Surface Pro 10 Equipped with Snapdragon X Elite: What to Expect?

In the anticipation of the Surface Pro 10, equipped with Snapdragon X Elite processor, we expect significant changes in both hardware and software features compared to the Surface Pro 9.

During the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Microsoft’s Surface laptop, we anticipate exciting alterations in the device’s appearance, processor, and software features in comparison to the Surface Pro 9.

The Surface Pro 10 was absent from the recent event held in late September, where instead, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 and Surface Laptop Go 3 were introduced. Additionally, Surface Go 4 was hinted for commercial customers.

According to Windows Central, the Surface Pro 10 is set to be unveiled at another event later this week, possibly alongside the introduction of the Surface Laptop 6.

Processor: Snapdragon X Elite Power Showcase
While previous Surface laptops utilized processors from Qualcomm, Intel, and AMD, the Surface Pro 10 is rumored to fully embrace Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite processor. The consumer model will exclusively feature the Snapdragon X Elite processor, while the commercial model is expected to use the Intel Core Ultra processor.

The Surface Pro 10 will be available in two models with Intel and Qualcomm processors.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite chipset not only competes with rivals like Intel and AMD but claims to operate 21% faster than Apple’s M3 chip. This chipset boasts exceptional energy efficiency performance.

The Snapdragon X Elite, introduced earlier this year, is manufactured using TSMC’s four-nanometer lithography and houses 12 powerful cores. These cores are categorized into three clusters, offering multicore frequencies of 3.8 GHz and single or dual-core frequencies of 4.3 GHz.

During the Snapdragon X Elite unveiling, Qualcomm promised that this processor would offer one-third less power consumption compared to its peers with similar performance, surpassing 14-core processors from Intel’s 13th generation by a 60% margin.

The Snapdragon X Elite is equipped with Qualcomm’s integrated Adreno GPU, providing computational power up to 4.6 teraflops, supporting 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 standard. The Elite’s internal graphics can operate between 80% to 200% more efficiently than competitors with the same power consumption.

Impressive AI Processing Power of Snapdragon X Elite
In terms of artificial intelligence processing, the X Elite has demonstrated remarkable performance. In a test converting text to images using GIMP between two laptops equipped with Snapdragon X Elite and Intel Core Ultra 7, respectively, the X Elite produced images ten times faster than its rival.

The Snapdragon X Elite has shown superior performance compared to Apple’s M2 and even M3 processors, with benchmark results indicating that laptops equipped with the X Elite outperformed the MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 in several aspects.

Besides the revelations, other manufacturers are also considering using Qualcomm chips for Windows-based ARM laptops. If Microsoft can improve software support for this architecture, it could mark a turning point in the future of laptops.

Visual Changes
The latest design update for the Surface Pro series was implemented in the Surface Pro 8, featuring slimmer bezels, a new slot for storing and charging the Slim Pen, and a display with higher refresh rates. The Surface Pro 9 continued this design.

According to Windows Central, the Surface Pro 10’s display will likely resemble the rounded corners of the Surface Laptop Studio with an OLED panel, refresh rates up to 120Hz, and support for HDR standard.

Previously, it was speculated that Microsoft intends to produce a smaller version of the Surface Pro with an 11-inch display to reduce laptop prices. Now, rumors suggest that instead of downsizing, a model with lower resolution might be introduced.

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