ARM čipy mění hru Microsoft a Apple přinášejí novou éru laptopů

24. 05. 2024 | Natalie Bezděková

Windows laptops have long dominated the market due to their versatility, their wide range of offerings at different price levels, and especially the popularity of the Windows operating system. However, with the advent of the ARM architecture, which has proven itself in mobile devices, a new chapter is beginning to emerge.

Apple has accelerated this transition with its M1 chips, and now Windows laptop manufacturers are joining in, including Microsoft with its new Surface devices equipped with Snapdragon X chips. In this article, we’ll look at these new products, their competition, and reflect on the benefits of ARM chips and the challenges that manufacturers and Microsoft will face.

Microsoft’s New Surface Laptops

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is the answer to the MacBook Air

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop is aimed at the general public, yet offers exceptional features. It features Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus chips that not only deliver high performance, but also significantly better power efficiency than traditional processors from Intel and AMD. Microsoft states that its battery lasts up to 22 hours of video playback, which is a great result. By comparison, Apple lists 18 hours of battery life on its MacBook Air with the M3 chip. The 7th generation Surface Laptop offers a 13.8-inch or 15-inch display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

If Microsoft targets its marketing well, it could potentially impact MacBook Air sales. Many Android users use Apple computers for their endurance. The Surface Laptop could offer them the same endurance with the operating system they’re used to, plus higher performance and more RAM.

Surface Pro 11

Surface Pro 11 combines the flexibility of a tablet and a laptop. It offers an optional 120Hz OLED display, weighs just 895 grams, and its battery lasts up to 14 hours of video playback. That’s less than the Surface Laptop, but still very good.

Microsoft Copilot+PC

In addition to the new laptops, Microsoft also introduced a new Copilot+ PC certification that will highlight Windows laptops equipped with built-in AI hardware. These PCs are said to be 58% faster than the MacBook Air with M3, and last all day on a single charge. Certified laptops will need to have a minimum of 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a neural chip with at least 40 TOPS.

Other manufacturers are joining the ARM revolution: Asus, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo

The Asus Vivobook S 15 OLED with Snapdragon X Elite has a 15.6-inch OLED display with 2.8K resolution, weighs 1.42kg and its battery lasts up to 18 hours of video playback. It offers rich connectivity and a quality sound system with Harman Kardon certification.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 6 with Snapdragon X Elite processor delivers high performance and low power consumption, which is common with ARM chips.

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Author of this article

Natalie Bezděková

I am a student of Master's degree in Political Science. I am interested in marketing, especially copywriting and social media. I also focus on political and social events at home and abroad and technological innovations. My free time is filled with sports, reading and a passion for travel.


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