Qualcomm CEO says their Windows RT devices will be better

Microsoft decided to pick NVIDIA and its Tegra chip to put inside its recently announced Surface tablet for Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. However, Qualcomm also plans to have Windows RT devices running on versions of its Snapdragon processor. In a recent developer conference, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs tried to make the case that Windows RT devices with its chips could be better than similar products.

ZDNet.com reports that during the conference, Jacobs said that Snapdragon-based Windows RT products would be thinner and lighter than those of its competition. He also claimed that its devices would offer good performance along with "extended battery life". The first such products with the Snapdragon S4 chip will have the dual core MSM8960T model. Future versions will have the quad core APQ8064 chip inside.

One big mystery at the moment is which company will be the first to offer a Snapdragon-based Windows RT device. Jacobs would not give out that information last week at their developer conference. He only said that Snapdragon based products running Windows RT will be released when Windows RT and Windows 8 are officially launched later this year.

Last week, Qualcomm announced it would sponsor a Windows RT app contest with the creator of the winning app receiving $100,000.

Source: ZDNet.com

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If I can get a snapdragon powered tablet that also has support for stylus input with a true digitizer than maybe I'd consider it.

This is why Microsoft's Windows RT Surface does not entice me. The Pro tablet on the other hand, that's something.

I'll forgo battery life just to stop typing for a while.

Hopefully they will make something even better and cheaper than the great Surface with Windows RT. Anyways, I will still buy Surface Pro with Windows 8 when it's released.

Isn't the point of the Surface to encourage companies to make better devices? Qualcomm's doing exactly what MS wants it to do.

Well if they can be ahead of the competition in efficiency as is the case with the Windows Phone devices, they'll do quite well.

There is a lot of buzz being generated for the Surface along with what the OEM's will release.

I love the Mac sites that just says that this will fail. MS created the surface to motivate and to inspire others to get off their lazy rears and make more innovative products. I hope they listened!!

Fall will be an interesting time for MS.

I can't stand it when companies make claims like this without having the actual product ready. I'm still waiting for that AmigaOS 5 which is supposed to be "better than OS X".

neonspark said,
these guys really need to hire a marketing person. The name APQ8064 is as user friendly as a brick.

IMHO I always get the impression with Qualcomm that they want to be a supplier of technology to assemblers whilst trying to market themselves directly to consumers - which makes little or no sense at all. Personally what I'd love to see is a set of Qualcomm tablets etc. running Windows RT rather than leaving it up to third parties to push the Qualcomm brand.

neonspark said,
these guys really need to hire a marketing person. The name APQ8064 is as user friendly as a brick.

That's the technical name. The consumer friendly name is the Snapdragon series.

neonspark said,
these guys really need to hire a marketing person. The name APQ8064 is as user friendly as a brick.

You really could say the same thing about Qualcomm.

neonspark said,
these guys really need to hire a marketing person. The name APQ8064 is as user friendly as a brick.

uh...why? intel is killing it with their Core family of CPUs. qualcomm family is called Snapdragon.

neonspark said,
these guys really need to hire a marketing person. The name APQ8064 is as user friendly as a brick.

It does, it's part if the Snapdragon S4 Prime family. Look it up in Wikipedia.