Apple is planning to substitute Intel chips that were previously used to power MacBooks with ARM-based creations of its own. However, the company is yet to confirm that they are working on the development of A-series processors that are capable of delivering desktop-grade performance. On the other hand, Apple’s rival QUALCOMM has already released a bunch of ARM processors in the market that can run Windows.
The latest one launched is the Snapdragon 8cx which is crafted specifically for notebook use. Rumour has it that Microsoft is going to use this as their platform in their upcoming Surface laptop.
Windows Central’s Zac Bowden too to twitter about the latest Surface laptop. His tweet:
“Excalibur is your latest Surface Codename to keep an eye out for. It’s an 8cx device of some kind.”
It was just a few months ago when we witnessed a Snapdragon 8cx laptop at Computer 2021 which was designed to demo 5g connectivity on notebooks. There is no doubt that Qualcomm is also pushing its 5g chips which are crafted to power many of the 5g smartphones that are available in the market. This includes OnePlus 7 Pro 5g and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
Qualcomm has made a partnership with Lenovo on the Project Limitless device. But we don’t have any information on when this laptop will be launched. Rumour has it that Microsoft has already started working on dual-display and foldable devices. It is expected that by the first half of 2021, the foldable Surface laptop/tablet is going to hit the market. However, it is still not clear whether the Excalibur is related to any of these products or not. But using Snapdragon 8cx platform along with 5g connectivity on a foldable device is surely a great deal.
Till date, all of Microsoft’s Surface models have been powered by Intel chips. Many of the surface laptops will continue to use Intel chips but the company is going to launch an ARM-based surface laptop soon. This is surely going to put more pressure on Intel.
As far as Apple is concerned, it is going to launch a novel 16 inch MacBook Pro by this fall.