Future Windows 8.1 tablets to tap Qualcomm chip

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 silicon is expected to power upcoming Windows RT tablets.

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The next round of Windows 8.1 RT tablets will be supported by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800, the chipmaker announced Monday.

Could it be destined for a future Surface tablet? That's not clear yet but Qualcomm hints at future RT products with its silicon.

"Qualcomm continues to build on its relationship with Microsoft by helping to launch and optimize the newest build of Windows for Snapdragon, Windows 8.1 RT," the chip supplier said.

The statement continued. "The next processor to be featured in upcoming Windows 8.1 RT computers will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800."

Meet the Snapdragon 800: Bound for Windows 8.1 RT tablets

  • Quad-core: Supports up to four cores, 2.2GHz per core.
  • USB 3.0: USB 3.0 is coming to more RT devices.
  • 4G/LTE: 3G/4G/LTE is integrated, Qualcomm's strength is integration of 3G/4G into its silicon.
  • Very-high-resolution displays: Supports up to 2,560x2,048 resolution.

And Microsoft seems keen on the silicon.

"We are excited [about]...the next iteration of Windows RT 8.1 [and] their new Snapdragon 800 processors," Mike Anguilo, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, said in a statement.

His statement also mentions the "numerous advantages of these new processors" including integrated 4G/LTE.

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