Surface Pro X Refreshed With Microsoft’s New SQ2 Processor, Platinum Finish

Posted on October 1, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface with 23 Comments

Microsoft is launching a refreshed version of the Surface Pro X today. The company is introducing a new, more powerful ARM-based processor that powers the Surface Pro X.

As you may remember, Microsoft first launched the Surface Pro X with its SQ1 processor, built-in partnership with Qualcomm. The new SQ2 processor is Microsoft’s second-generation custom chip built in partnership with Qualcomm. Microsoft’s new SQ2 processor is apparently the fastest processor in its class, though Microsoft isn’t sharing any specific stats on performance or efficiency gains.

Interestingly, the new SQ2 processor is only available on the “premium” configurations of the device. That means if you go for the entry-level versions of the device, you will still get the first-generation SQ1 processor. Variants with the SQ2 processor also comes with the SQ2 Adreno 690 GPU compared to the SQ1’s Adreno 685 GPU.

Other than that, the Surface Pro X remains exactly the same in terms of design. Microsoft is, however, offering 15 hours of battery life on the new Surface Pro X (on both the SQ1 and SQ2 variants), which is a nice upgrade from the original Surface Pro X’s 13 hours of battery life. It comes with Fast Charging, so you can get around 80% of charge in just under an hour.

The new Surface Pro X also now comes in a Platinum finish for those of you who weren’t a fan of the Matte Black finish. Microsoft is also introducing three new colors for the Surface Pro X keyboard, which is now available in Ice Blue, Poppy Red, and Platinum.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, for those unfamiliar, features a 13-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 2880×1920 pixels and 267PPI. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. It also boasts dual far-field Studio Mics and 2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. There are two USB-C 3.2 ports, one Surface Connect port, and one nano-SIM port on the device as well.

Microsoft is also pushing the fact that it’s hard at work improving app support for Windows on ARM. The company says it’s made Microsoft Edge faster and is releasing a new version of Microsoft Teams optimized for Windows on ARM. More importantly, it’s bringing x64 emulation to Windows on ARM later this year.

Pre-orders for the new Surface Pro X open today, and the device will be available for purchase starting October 16. Along with the launch of the new Surface devices, Microsoft is also bringing Surface products to 11 new European countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Disclaimer: I interned with the Windows on ARM team at Qualcomm this Summer, but my opinions expressed in this article were not influenced by my previous work. 

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Comments (23)

23 responses to “Surface Pro X Refreshed With Microsoft’s New SQ2 Processor, Platinum Finish”

  1. brothernod

    Will we get an article about your internship? Also, welcome back!

  2. ghostrider

    I give it 1-2 more years before MS give up on WoA - again. These devices are designed to look pretty, and that's all, a la Apple. MS are so desperate to be seen as innovators they'll try anything. Give me something dull but functional any day of the week. It's all just expensive bling at the end of the day.

  3. andrey_medvedev

    This is being marketed as a business laptop, but it still doesn't have an audio jack. I'm not throwing away my US$300 earphones because Microsoft has become an Apple wanna-be.

  4. SenorGravy

    Bought a Surface Pro X on sale at Best Buy about 3 months ago. It's of my fave devices. Well done, Microsoft.

  5. pesos

    Love my gen1 in black.

  6. smidgerine

    It's expensive like an iPad Pro, but I use my Pro X all the time. And for me, it's better than an iPad. Not for everybody, sure, but for me.

  7. ronh

    Well Ome back!

  8. cseafous

    I want this as a replacement for my Surface Pro (5). But I will be saving my pennies until x64 emulation is available and stable.

  9. saint4eva

    Another beautiful device from the Microsoft Surface team. Well done.

  10. glenn8878

    Be their beta tester. Again, they should have saved Windows Phone. They blew it.

    • Jorge Garcia

      In reply to glenn8878:

      There was no saving it. When it comes to communication ecosystems, it seems there is no room for a "third-place" ecosystem as the devs (and by extension customers, in a chicken-egg kind of relationship) seem to want to coalesce around the TWO winners. Apple secured the closed ecosystem spot and Android jumped in and took the open and free ecosystem spot. Microsoft was doomed at that point no matter what they did. Curiously, in the video game world this is EXACTLY what happened to SEGA, ironically at the hands of Microsoft. The minute MS decided that it wanted a spot in the video game world, SEGA was doomed. Sony had the hardcore gamer contingent locked up, which Microsoft wanted to splinter (they did), and Nintendo still had the family-friendly/quirky ecosystem that has always kept them alive and somewhat untouchable. But SEGA became redundant and had no chance against the $$$$ of Microsoft, even though they were making excellent products up to the end.

    • illuminated

      In reply to glenn8878:

      Technically surface pro X is like a windows phone with gigantic screen and support for legacy windows apps.

  11. waethorn

    Vohaul's Revenge.

  12. proftheory

    Again I say they should embrace the ARM instruction set and DROP x86 support. Then recompile Windows and call it Skylight - Looking up! I bet Apple will recompile for arm and drop all x86 support going forward. They've done similar operations in the past going from 68000 to PowerPC then Intel and now ARM.

  13. crunchyfrog

    So, does that mean the original Surface Pro X is going to see a price drop? I'm intrigued by the device but did not want to spend that much on a limiting first gen device.

    • christianwilson

      In reply to crunchyfrog:

      I hope so. $999 is a lot to ask for given some of the software limitations, though it is a device with a lot of potential.

      I use one for work as my mobile device (replacing a first gen Go). I would be better served with a Pro 7, but I need LTE. I have also heard the battery life on the Pro 7 is underwhelming. The Pro X is a joy to use for the most part. I have some minor software compatibility issues, but I knew that going in. I am hoping x64 emulation works well when it comes.

      I don't know that I could recommend the Pro X to anyone at full price, but I wish I could. I want it to succeed.

  14. bluvg

    Removable hard drive?? That strikes me as big news.

    (Welcome back, Mehedi!)

  15. Usman

    oooo Mehedi's back

  16. SvenJ

    I would love to see MS offer Surface Pro X-like keyboards for their regular Surface Pro or Surface Go. What I want is that Pen channel that stores and charges the Slim Pen.