Apple recently disclosed that it would be shifting to its own ARM-based processors for the upcoming MacBook laptops. Microsoft is also looking to migrate to the use of ARM-based SoC as a Surface Pro model that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for Windows 10 on ARM lineup.
The Microsoft model appears on GeekBench version 5 as ‘OEMSR OEMSR Product Name DV’. The model is believed to be a variant of the Surface Pro X that is yet to be announced. It could also be a test unit for the internal testing of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Plus with higher clock speed. According to reports, Qualcomm is working on “SC8180XP”, which could be officially named Snapdragon 8cx Plus since the current Snapdragon 8cx is informally known as SC8180X.
The unknown Surface Pro device hits GeekBench with 16GB of RAM and the base clock speed is set at 3.15GHz. The higher clock speed results in a significant improvement in the benchmark performance over the Snapdragon 8cx, which was clocked to 2.84GHz. As usual, the GeekBench listing doesn’t offer too many details but Snapdragon’s new processor for Always Connected PCs lineup could possibly make Windows 10 on ARM a viable option for consumers.
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