Surface Pro X gets a higher-end model with the "fastest in class" Microsoft SQ2 processor

Battery life has also increased.

Engadget JP (Translation)
Engadget JP (Translation) , @Engadget_MT
2020年10月2日, 午後 02:13 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Microsoft has added a new higher-end model to the Surface Pro X, the ARM version of Windows 10 tablet/notebook.

The difference between this model and last year's Surface Pro X is that the processor has been upgraded to the Microsoft SQ2. With the updated processor, the battery life has also increased to 15 hours from the first generation's maximum of 13 hours.

The Surface Pro X is an ARM-based product in Microsoft's Surface series that runs on Windows 10 for ARM. It is powered by Microsoft's proprietary low-energy processor, is the thinnest of all Surface devices, has a 13-inch screen, and weighs in at around 760 grams, has LTE always-on connectivity, and is more power-efficient than the Surface Pro.

As for the new processor the new model will feature, the Microsoft SQ2 is said to be the "fastest in its class," but we're not sure how fast it has been improved, specifically because the number of processors that run the ARM version of Windows 10 is extremely limited.

The SQ2, like its predecessor, is a proprietary processor based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon. Supposedly an updated processor based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2.

With the updated heart, battery life has also been increased. It features a mobile processor and always-on LTE connectivity, but 5G is not supported on the new model.

In addition to black, the body is now available in platinum, and there are also more color variations on the keyboard.

The new higher-end Surface Pro X will be priced at

$1,499.99 (204,380 yen in Japan) for 16GB RAM / 256GB storage configuration

$1,799.99 (241,780 yen in Japan) for 16GB RAM / 512GB storage configuration

It is available for pre-order from today (October 1), and the release date is October 13.

Although attractive as hardware, the limited compatibility of the ARM version of Windows 10 with apps has made the Surface Pro X somewhat experimental and aggressive, it's clear that improvements on the OS side have been made, and it's becoming more useful than ever.

Win10 for Arm will soon support the emulation of 64-bit apps. Testing begins in November with a preview version.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

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