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Microsoft Surface Pro X now shipping for $999 with brand new SQ1 CPU and Adreno 685 graphics

Microsoft Surface Pro X now shipping for $999 (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft Surface Pro X now shipping for $999 (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft isn't giving up on ARM for Windows. Much like the semi-custom Ryzen processors for the Surface Laptop 3 series, the new 13-inch Surface Pro X tablet will use a custom SQ1 processor developed by Qualcomm.

The Microsoft Surface Pro series has grown to become the most popular family of Windows tablets. While alternatives have been widely available like the Lenovo Miix or HP Elite, none have reached the heights of becoming a household name on the same level as a Surface product. The latest Surface device is Microsoft's most ambitious and largest Windows tablet to date with its 13-inch screen size and never-before-seen 7 W Qualcomm SQ1 processor designed specifically for the tablet.

Called the Surface Pro X, the detachable features a 3:2 PixelSense display with fast charging and support for dual external 4K monitors via two USB Type-C ports. A Snapdragon X24 LTE modem will come integrated with both nano-SIM and eSIM options to accompany the Wi-Fi 5 modem.

Of course, the elephant in the room is the Qualcomm SQ1 ARM processor. Windows and ARM just don't mix very well despite Microsoft's many attempts over the years at merging the two together. The fact that 64-bit (x64) apps won't even run natively on the Surface Pro X may be enough to turn away most users. Nonetheless, Microsoft is hoping that the integrated LTE modem and power-sipping features of ARM can convince customers to give the new Surface a try.

The Surface Pro X is now shipping for $999 at Microsoft.com and Best Buy stores.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-11- 6 (Update: 2019-11- 6)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.