Windows on Arm: Microsoft’s Copilot AI Snapdragon

Windows on Arm: Microsoft’s Copilot AI Snapdragon

I’m a long-time iPhone and Mac user and I’m unlikely to move to a new ecosystem anytime soon. It’s not just about iOS or macOS. It’s about making these devices work together to meet my computing needs. And performance also plays a key role.

That’s why I’m excited to hear rumors that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 could beat the performance of the iPhone 16 Pro A18 Pro and that Microsoft believes its next-generation Windows PCs on Arm AI running on the platform Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite form will outperform the MacBook M3 that Apple has just launched.

This type of competition will not benefit me immediately. But any pressure on Apple in the chip department, especially as AI on devices becomes a reality, will eventually lead to faster, better-optimized A- and M-series chips.

Think about it; It’s 2024 and I have no problem recommending the 2020 MacBook Air M1 to people looking for a brand new computer, especially since Walmart still offers the older laptop at an incredibly low price. Name any other Windows 2020 PC worth buying today. I’ll wait.

What I mean is that we’re used to seeing Apple offer great custom chips for its devices. They power the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and AirPods. And when it comes to A- and M-series chips, alternatives from Qualcomm, Intel, and AMD have yet to beat Apple.

Remember how scared Intel was of M1 Macs in 2020 and 2021? They knew that Apple’s laptops could deliver performance and battery life unlike other Windows PCs released that year.

If Microsoft’s alleged claims about Windows 2024 on Arm PCs are accurate, Intel has another reason to worry: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite platform. According to The edgeMicrosoft will unveil its new AI PCs next month, powered by the latest Snapdragon X Elite chips.

Intel-based Surface Pro 10 tablet/laptop from Microsoft.
Intel-based Surface Pro 10 tablet/laptop from Microsoft. Image source: Microsoft

Microsoft has reportedly prepared demos showing that the new Snapdragon chip for PCs can beat Apple’s M3 MacBook Air. If this report is accurate, the X Elite should outperform Apple in CPU- and AI-accelerated tasks.

Additionally, the Snapdragon X Elite chip will also excel in app emulation. Internal documents seen by the blog indicate that Microsoft will say that Windows AI PCs will have “faster application emulation than Rosetta 2.” This is what Apple uses on its M-series Macs to run applications designed for 64-bit Intel chips.

In addition, Microsoft will equip versions of the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 with Snapdragon X Elite chips. These will target consumers, while the Intel Core Ultra versions of the already launched laptops are more geared towards businesses. The software giant will sell these devices as the “next-generation AI Copilot PC.”

The focus on AI isn’t surprising, given Microsoft’s strong push on Copilot. I will say that the Snapdragon

With all that in mind, these Microsoft laptops look exciting, even if I prefer the Mac to Windows. I’m sure Apple will be watching. Whether the Snapdragon But it would help if the competition rose to the occasion and outperformed the current M3 chips.

The edge also offers some examples of new Copilot features available on Windows on Arm PCs. One is an AI Explorer feature that will “fetch everything you’ve ever seen or done on your device.” That’s certainly a bold claim and a potentially cool feature.

Additionally, Microsoft wants to improve video streaming on AI-enabled Arm PCs. Computers will also allow users to generate images with AI models for free. Copilot will gain a feature that will allow access to your PC’s context to improve prompts and responses.

Microsoft will announce the new Windows Arm Surface laptops on May 20, at which point we’ll know exactly what the company thinks about competing with Apple’s M3 MacBooks.



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