Microsoft looking to Snapdragon 800 CPUs for future 4G-capable Surface RT

Microsoft looking to Snapdragon 800 CPUs for future 4G-capable Surface RTThe shortcomings of Microsoft's Surface RT have been well documented by now, with most of the negative sentiment surrounding the Windows RT operating system itself.

Consensus is that a second-generation Surface RT is coming, and it'll run a much improved Windows RT 8.1, but now we're hearing Qualcomm's speedy new Snapdragon 800 processors could be on board too.

Anonymous insiders said to be familiar with the matter have told Bloomberg that the Surface RT refresh will see some models retain the Nvidia Tegra processors used at present, but others will be equipped with the Snapdragon chips.

The notion of multiple versions of the tablet suggests that aside from different screen sizes, Microsoft also plans to add not only a 3G version of its entry-level slab to the Wi-Fi model currently available, but a 4G LTE version too, and that the LTE-friendly Snapdragon 800 will be used in the 4G model.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently testing the revamped Surface internally, putting both the Snapdragon 800 and Windows RT 8.1 through their paces.

The new-look Microsoft Surface RT is expected to debut alongside Windows RT 8.1 in the Autumn.

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