Microsoft Introduces Surface Laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor

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Microsoft has unveiled a new model of its Surface Laptop, now equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Plus or Elite System-on-Chip (SoC), moving away from Intel's Core Ultra processors. Available in two screen sizes, 13.8 inches and 15 inches, each variant features a touchscreen with a 120Hz refresh rate. Microsoft suggests that this model is approximately 80% faster than its predecessor, the Surface Laptop 5, although specific performance data has not been disclosed. The company highlights the laptop's battery life, capable of up to 22 hours when playing videos stored on the device. The new SoCs from Qualcomm, namely the Snapdragon X Plus and Elite, are notable for their 10 to 12 custom Arm cores. These chips incorporate technologies developed by Nuvia, a chip design firm founded by former Apple employees and acquired by Qualcomm in 2021. Additionally, the laptop supports up to 32GB of RAM and includes Wi-Fi 7 connectivity.Set for release in mid-June, the laptop starts at $999.

This model also qualifies as part of Microsoft's Copilot+ PC program, which stipulates systems must have at least 16GB of RAM, a minimum of 256GB SSD storage, and a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) capable of at least 40 Tera Operations per Second (TOPS) for AI computing. This enables the device to support new AI-driven features in Windows 11, such as Recall, which facilitates searching across all user activities within the operating system.

Pre-orders for the new Surface Laptop are available immediately via the Microsoft website in the USA. Pricing for the 13.8-inch model begins at approximately $1,000, with the 15-inch model starting at around $1,300. The laptops are scheduled for delivery on June 18 and will be offered in four different colors.

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