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Microsoft’s new Windows Dev Kit 2023 is a $600 mini PC with 32GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to date… but it’s still not as fast as a 2-year old Mac Mini, and reviews of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 5G tablet (with the same processor) suggest that Windows on ARM still struggles to compete with Windows on x86, especially when running apps that aren’t compiled to run natively on ARM-based processors.

Microsoft Windows Dev Kit 2023

But Qualcomm has big plans for the future of Windows on Snapdragon. The chip maker is already one of the biggest players in the smartphone space, but last year Qualcomm acquired a startup called NUVIA to ramp up its work in the PC space.

All of the Snapdragon chips designed for Windows PCs to date are based on technology from before the NUVIA acquisition. But that could change in the next few years, and in this week’s earnings call, Qualcomm officials suggested that 2024 will be a big year for Windows on Snapdragon.

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  1. Well, this is fifth year Qualcomm has been shipping their laptop SOCs.. I guess next year could be different. What is Einstein’s definition of insanity again?

    1. Qualcomm (now days) is too incompetent to make it big in the mainstream laptop market.

      Had they gone big from the start, that would have meant parity on the performance front. And it would’ve meant double battery life compared to the x86 alternative. However, it would mean only Modern Applications (no legacy programs). So they should have priced them cheaper, put them with good parts, and marketed the hell out of it.

      But they weren’t looking at the big picture, they just wanted profits. Now they have a dead horse and a competitive market with both AMD and Intel catching up. Whilst Apple is showing them how it’s done, and separating itself out from the market.

      If anything, I would expect a cheap MediaTek Dimensity Laptop will become more successful at this point. They’re at least trying.