Microsoft planning Surface RT refresh using Qualcomm innards

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Microsoft is considering refreshing their Surface RT tablets by tossing out the existing Nvidia Tegra 3 chips in some models and replacing them with Qualcomm processors, reports Bloomberg.

Citing unnamed sources “with knowledge of the company’s plans”, the report claims that the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset will remain in place for some models of the Surface RT tablet but that Qualcomm chips, along with the improved LTE capability that they would bring to the table, would become the norm.

The Verge reports, also citing unnamed sources, that Microsoft is said to be testing Windows RT 8.1 with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, which features integrated LTE connectivity. In support of the speculation around a processor refresh are recent overseas price drops by Microsoft for the existing crop of Surface RT tablets.

As a result of these reports, Qualcomm-sporting Surface RT tablets are expected to be announced by Microsoft later this year.

Source: The Verge

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