ARM Processors In Laptops

Yesterday I made a blog post about the future of ARM processors. More specifically, after Microsoft released an announcement claiming they’ll enable the next-gen ARM processors to run fully fledged desktop version of Windows 10. Today, i would like to extend that blog post into a separate one that touches only the possible usage of ARM processors in next-gen laptops. Why did I put “next-gen” right next to laptops? Well, because I believe that ARM’s introduction to budget-friendly laptops could start an avalanche of lowering the prices of laptops, bringing more powerful portable systems to the masses. Even though the chances of this actually happening are quite low, I still believe that Microsoft will come up with something revolutionary in the next year or two. We haven’t seen that many radical improvements from Microsoft, and one this big could make me fall in love with them yet again.

The biggest opportunity for Microsoft here is to bring back to life their Surface series. As we all know, the Surface 3 running on the slow Atom processor wasn’t that big of a hit as Microsoft thought it would be. It was lacking power, accessibility and generally, it was not that fluent for day to day usage. Don’t get me wrong, many people are loving the Surface 3… But let me ask you a quick question here – If you could get the Surface 3 or iPad Pro, which one would you choose? Yup, I reckoned you’d go for the iPad. But, if you could get a Surface 4 running on the mighty Snapdragon 835 (It’s gonna be a beast, trust me), what would your pick be in that scenario? Keep in mind that Surface 4 with Snapdragon 835 could transform to a laptop in a flick of the eye, changing its entire operating system to fully utilized desktop Windows 10? In other words, you would basically get a tablet and a laptop in one device… But a real tablet with real desktop Windows 10 and not that flimsy tablet version… That’s something worth thinking about, right? I just hope Microsoft plays their cards right this time around…