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.