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Microsoft announces new Surface lineup with Qualcomm Snapdragon X chips


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announces new Surface lineup with Qualcomm Snapdragon X chips

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just announced its new lineup of Surface devices on Monday at a special ‘AI Era’ press event at its Washington state headquarters. The new devices will come with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X chips, potentially making them a very compelling competitor to the latest Apple MacBooks and iPads.

We’ve seen two new devices so far, the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro. That’s right – no numbers appended to the end of these two, as part of

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’s rebranding push under its ‘AI Era’ of AI-powered Surface products.

(Image credit: Future / John Loeffler)

The new Surface Laptop sports some impressive battery life thanks to the new Snapdragon X Elite processor, with up to 22 hours of local video playback and 15 hours of web browsing.

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was also keen to show off
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Photoshop (and other Creative Cloud apps) running natively on the Arm-based processor at twice the speed of Apple’s competing M3 MacBook Air, along with new Prism emulation to bridge the gap between Windows on Arm and existing x64 and x86 software.

It’ll have up to 64GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage, along with a 120Hz HDR touch display in either 13.8- or 15-inch sizes. USB-A is alive and well here too, joined by two USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and a Micro SD card reader. It’s available in four colorways: silver, ******, blue, and bronze.

(Image credit: Future)

Meanwhile, the definitely-not-the-Surface-Pro-11 is reportedly a massive 90% faster than the 2022 Surface Pro 9 5G thanks to its new Snapdragon chip, and offers an impressive QHD front-facing camera, along with a rear camera that can capture 4K video.

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was keen to tout the new accessibility-focused design features baked into the keyboard and trackpad, too.

It’ll pack up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage, and offers a 120Hz display with Dolby Vision IQ (an OLED model is optional, and will cost you more). It comes with

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’s AI-powered Cocreator tool and there’s also a new Surface Slim Pen that can be garaged in the new ‘Surface Pro Flex Keyboard’ type cover, potentially making this the perfect device for digital creatives thanks to its triple external monitor support via USB-C.

Both the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop will feature Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4, with the former also having optional 5G functionality. They also both feature dual studio mics with AI-enhanced ‘voice focus’ and Dolby Atmos speaker support.

A new era of Surface

Both devices fall under

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’s ‘Copilot + PC’ umbrella, which mandates a set of minimum requirements for new AI PCs and laptops. Copilot + PC requires 16GB of RAM, at least 256GB SSD storage, and an integrated NPU from either Qualcomm, Intel, or AMD (in this case, the former).

The new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop will both start at $999 (pricing in other regions is yet to be announced) for the entry-level models. That’ll get you 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for both devices.

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