One day before Build 2021, Qualcomm has announced a low-cost Snapdragon Developer Kit for those seeking to write native Windows 10 on ARM apps.
“We have a proud history of creating helpful developer tools in coordination with Microsoft, and the Snapdragon Developer Kit is the latest outcome of that collaboration,” Qualcomm’s Miguel Nunes says. “This developer kit provides an affordable alternative to other consumer and commercial devices. With the smaller desktop configuration, this kit gives developers more flexibility than notebook options, and at a lower price point. We remain committed to helping developers address requests from customers, while reducing the overall cost of deployment.”
Given the incredibly high price of all Windows 10 on ARM-based PCs, this is a good idea, though Qualcomm doesn’t explain what the price is, only that the small, Intel NUC-like PC will be “cost-efficient” and “affordable.” It’s expected to debut in the Microsoft Store online this summer and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 7c compute platform, a mid-range chipset.
The goal here is to help developers more easily and inexpensively develop apps for Windows 10 on ARM, but if it’s cheap enough, I could imagine some enthusiasts purchasing the kit as well.