Surface Pro X may be discontinued, but there’s good news

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According to Windows Central, the next generation Surface Pro 2-in-1 will be available with two processor choices. The most obvious will be models using 12th Gen Intel processors of the “P” variety. This should have significant gains over the Surface Pro 8 despite only one generational difference. Interestingly, there is still no AMD option to be found.

The other variant would use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead, which could have the same processor as the Project Volterra mini-PC. It would be a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 accompanied by a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to power the AI ​​capabilities. Of course, the exact performance of this silicon is still unknown, but to its credit, Qualcomm has continually improved its line of Compute desktop processors with each generation.

It’s quite interesting that Microsoft decided to phase out the Surface Pro X line as a separate ARM-based device, at least if the leak is accurate. On the one hand, the inclusion of an ARM option in its mainline Surface Pro series suggests it’s confident it will succeed where others before it have failed. On the other hand, it’s also easier for Microsoft to just remove ARM options now that there’s no specific branding for it. It’s not official yet, of course, but it won’t be a surprise if Microsoft tries to consolidate its Surface Pro lineup to avoid future confusion. The only question now is whether this alleged ARM-based Surface Pro 9 will have the same slim profile as its spiritual predecessor or whether Microsoft will decide to use the same chassis for both Intel and ARM models.

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