ARM chip used in the new Microsoft Surface pro X can be the flaw in the device

The new ARM chip used in Microsoft surface pro X can be heartbreaking for users. Microsoft’s Surface products are the future of windows. They are a combination of tablets and computers. Unlike computers that have Intel processors, the device has an ARM processor chip. Windows run amazing on Intel. Likewise, Microsoft wanted to test the running of Windows on ARM. Windows run quite well on ARM. However, it is slower than Intel. Some windows apps might face problems with ARM chips.

Microsoft launched surface pro X with an updated design. The tablet is a bit wider and thinner than previous versions. The bezels are also thinner, making the display bigger. Earlier models had a 12.3-inch display. Now it has a 13–inch display. The full HD touchscreen of surface pro has a 3:2 aspect ratio. Surface pro X comes with a surface pen that works flawlessly on the screen. The pen has a dedicated holder slot behind the keyboard with magnetic protection. To sum up, the new version is quite improved except for the ARM chip.

ARM chips mostly go well in smartphones and tablets. Running Windows on an ARM can be slower. Microsoft co-developed their custom ARM with Qualcomm. The full version of Windows works fine on it until multiple apps and browsers are open. Multiple apps slow down performance. It even takes time to wake up from sleep. As Surface Pro has a 64-bit ARM processor, only 64-bit ARM apps run best on it. Hence, 32-bit apps will not run seamlessly on the ARM chip. Microsoft Surface Pro is certainly not made for heavy gaming.  The problem does not end here. Most windows apps are x86 apps. The emulator of the surface pro will not run these apps most of the time. And the majority of windows apps will run slower on an ARM chip. The overall look and specifications of the device are good. Only the ARM chip might trouble users.

John Colin

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