Microsoft Surface Pro 9 ARM version is equipped with SQ3 chip

Qualcomm may plan to announce new chips during its annual Snapdragon Summit, but it will have to wait until November, and the launch of new products will be delayed, which means that Microsoft Surface Pro 9 will not be equipped with the latest hardware. It is reported that the Surface Pro 9 will use a custom-built SQ3 chip based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3.

Previously reported that Microsoft will finally merge its Surface Pro lineup, suggesting that the Surface Pro 9 will offer both ARM and Intel-based versions.

According to Rich 'Rose Gold' Woods on Twitter, the Surface Pro 9 will be powered by Microsoft's SQ3 chip, which the software giant will develop in partnership with Qualcomm, and it will be custom based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. Microsoft's SQ3 chip may have slightly different CPU and GPU clock frequencies, but otherwise, the SoC will have most of the similarities to Qualcomm's chip.

 In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 performed well, but it failed to beat the Apple M1, let alone the M2, while Qualcomm took on Apple by acquiring Nuvia and developing custom chips. In addition, Microsoft Surface Pro 9 will get stylus support and all the benefits of ARM-based chips, such as long battery life and 5G network support.

The Intel-based version will likely feature 12th-generation processors for laptops, so performance and efficiency will vary between the two Surface Pro 9 models. Microsoft will likely announce a new Surface lineup in October, so stay tuned.

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