ARM Powered Surface Pro X Now Available

Surface Pro X

Surface Pro X is in the house! Microsoft may have come a long way from its Windows RT days, but with the company is taking another dab with RM powered hardware with this new member of the Surface family.

It announced its first new ARM-based Surface PC since the ill-fated Surface RT lineup at its annual hardware event last month.

Things are different this time, though.

Not only have ARM processors amped up their performance game, Windows 10 can actually run 32-bit Intel apps in emulation now. That is to say, this is no longer a limp version of the operating system, which gives Surface Pro X hope.

These new machines that just became available for purchase actually house a custom designed version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chipset, which goes by the name of SQ-1.

Microsoft has optimized for Surface hardware, with a higher clock speed than the 8cx and a slightly different GPU in the form of the Adreno 685. And in what is a first for the Windows on ARM platform, the Surface Pro X also comes with up to 16GB RAM.

Speaking of which, the device is available beginning today, starting at $999.

This gets you the variant with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Though if you want to go all out, you can max it out with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD for the sweet price of $1,799. But since this is a new platform, you might want to check out the reviews first and determine whether Windows on ARM is for you.

If it is, you will also have the ability to purchase the Slim Pen and the Type Cover.

The new Slim Pen has a little garage to its name in the tablet itself, where it can be charged. On the topic of design, since the Pro X does not house a fan, it features narrow bezels and a notably slimmer chassis, all thanks to the wonder of the ARM chipset.


Surface Pro X is listed on the Microsoft Store here.

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