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Microsoft is going all in on AI, today introducing a series of Copilot+ PCs that have AI-focused hardware. The new Surface Pro is one of the first Copilot+ PCs, equipped with Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon X Elite processor.

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Microsoft is already pitting the Surface Pro against Apple's M3 MacBook Air, and in marketing materials, claims that the Surface Pro has superior processing power and battery life. Compared to the 15-inch MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, the Surface Pro and other Copilot+ PCs with 12-core and 10-core processors offer 58 percent better sustained multithreaded performance (based on Cinebench benchmarks).

As for battery life, Copilot+ PCs support up to 15 hours of web browsing or 22 hours of local video playback. The MacBook Air models offer the same 15 hours of wireless web browsing, but only 18 hours of local video playback.

According to The Verge, Microsoft's demonstrations for media included several comparisons of the Surface Pro compared to the MacBook Air, and the Surface Pro came out on top in many of them. Windows PCs have struggled to keep up with Apple silicon in recent years, but it appears that Qualcomm's technology is catching up.

The Surface Pro is a 2-in-1 laptop that runs Windows, and it has an OLED display, much like Apple's newly launched iPad Pro models. It weighs under two pounds, supports Wi-Fi 7, and has advanced AI capabilities enabled by the neural processing unit.

Pricing on the Surface Pro starts at $1,000, but the version with OLED display and Snapdragon X Elite chip, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD is priced starting at $1,500. Microsoft today also introduced the Surface Laptop with the same Snapdragon X Elite chip, with pricing that starts at $1,299.

The Surface devices will arrive to customers starting on June 18.

Article Link: Microsoft Says New Surface Pro is Faster Than 15" M3 MacBook Air
 

jz0309

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well, competition is a good thing, but the "average" customer doesn't care about cinebencz benchmarks.
More interesting, they either sell online, or like at Best Buy right next to any x86 Windows computer, so that will be their main "competition"... and it's running WinARM, so no x86 compatibility, which might not matter to non-enterprise users
 

jdoyle

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It's silly of Apple to restart the whole speed comparison marketing approach. They should be pushing the experience of Mac OS not who has the best benchmarks. These new computers are so fast now for most needs that it becomes meaningless. Even Apples M1 is still good enough for most people. IF you are a gamer or a 3D artist then maybe benchmarks are important to you. I have an M2 MacBook Air 15inch and came from a 2015 iMac. Everything launches instantly. I feel no lag doing all the tasks I do day in day out ( O365, Adobe Creative Suite ) and I cannot make a dent in my battery life. If I had an M3, M4 etc I don't know if I would notice the difference.
 

iAppleOrchard

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If this turns out to be true, it is time for Apple to stop sleeping on the couch and compete.

Apple Silicon's heyday is over, Apple needs to start innovating again instead of doing minor spec bumps.

Yes, I will still buy a Mac and many others will too because of the software, but for those who need hardware, it might be a good buy for them.
 

bg4uei2

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The Oryon CPU core in unimpressive, it doesn't beat the M3 in single-core so they had to stack together 12 cores to claim "faster than M3" in multi-core. It also doesn't do well in thermals, worse performance with more heat. The GPU is also outdated, no ray-tracing support.
 

bradman83

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LOL at the "AI" part but I am happy for the ARM competition. Might even get us closer to getting bootcamp back, or something similar.
I don't know that BootCamp will ever return given how Apple has locked down the M-series bootloader but better support for Windows on ARM to run in Parallels or similar is definitely appreciated.
 

DribbleCastle

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If this turns out to be true, it is time for Apple to stop sleeping on the couch and compete.

Apple Silicon's heyday is over, Apple needs to start innovating again instead of doing minor spec bumps.

Yes, I will still buy a Mac and many others will too because of the software, but for those who need hardware, it might be a good buy for them.

Well, good thing they have a couch in Taiwan at TSMC headquarters.
 
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