MSNerd, well known leaker of Microsoft secrets, has posted the following tip:
MSFT switch to Snapdragon for 8.6" Surface RT2, Temash for 11.6" Pro 2 & Haswell for 14.6" Surface Book.
The Snapdragon processor for the next Surface RT of course makes a lot of sense, given that it is generally felt Qualcomm’s processors are more performant than NVidia’s.
The Temash processor for the Surface Pro 2 however does not make as much sense. The chip is an X86 unit by AMD with two cores and a GPU cut at 28 nm and therefore very low power. The issue is of course not the processor specs, but whether Microsoft would further jeopardize their relationship with Intel by using an AMD processor in their own-branded device.
Lastly we do have an Intel chip for the intriguingly named Surface book, which has a 14.6 inch screen and is powered by an Intel Haswell chip which is the successor to Ivy bridge and is cut at 22 nm for low power consumption. The 14.6 screen size suggests something other than a tablet, raising the possibility Microsoft may compete even more directly against their OEMs by releasing a laptop.
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