- New FCC file cleared from Microsoft
- Reports are for 4G LTE, 5G and Bluetooth Radiation Testing in a “Portable Computing Device”
- Previous reports from Windows Central indicate that this is the new “Surface Pro 9 5G” based on the ARM processor
Historically, Microsoft has had Surface launch events from September to November, which will likely be no different this year. On the Windows Central PodcastIn this article, Senior Editor Zach Bowden hears about the updated Surface Laptop 5, the new Surface Studio 3, and the Surface Pro 9.
It is this last device that works in our favor today.
There are 21 new Microsoft device files labeled F.CC C3K1997 List Spotted by a Twitter user Tweet embed. While most of the exciting information remains confidential for 180 days, some bits in hundreds of pages of reports indicate that this device is a new 5G Surface Pro.
The most significant clues are the numerous indications of the device being tested in “tablet mode” and the comment that “This device has the following capabilities: 850/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/1900 WCDMA/HSPA, Multi-Band LTE , multi-band 5G NR, 802.11b/g/n/ax WLAN, 802.11a/n/ac/ax UNII (5GHz), Bluetooth (1x, EDR, LE).”
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None of the tests were done for radiation near the head or using the device as a phone, as they are all data streams only.
The most intriguing piece of information refers to Qualcomm’s Intelligent Transmission Algorithm, which performs “time-average…real-time control and management of transmission power and ensuring that time-averaged RF exposure complies with FCC requirements throughout the time.” This feature is used for 4G LTE and 5G networks during simultaneous transmission.
Most (if not all) Intel based laptops with 5G capabilities use Intel (or Fibocom) based 5G modems like the Intel 5G Solution 5000 due to competitive pricing and better interface functionality (plus Intel’s disdain for relying on Qualcomm PC modems) ).
The 5G radio based on Qualcomm is very revealing.
The “Surface Pro 9” 5G is said to be based on ARM
Recently Prepared by Zach Bowden It claims Microsoft is effectively integrating the Surface Pro X into “Surface Pro 9” this fall.
While most of the new Surface Pro devices will be based on Intel 12th Gen Core CPUs (likely to be P . series), at least 5G model will be based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3likely with performance improvements and branded as Microsoft’s new SQ3 processor.
While it’s tempting to rely on these new FCC files as evidence of the new Surface Duo 3, none of the tests are about cellular phone calls, and most importantly, our sources claim that the new Surface Duo won’t be available even in the slightest fall of 2023.
Microsoft is pushing Windows on ARM a lot this year. The company is preparing to release the first Windows desktop computer on ARM in the form of a dubbed developer kit The Volterra Project. According to Zac Bowden, this computer is powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3 SoC and includes the same AI neural processing unit (NPU) features and power expected to ship in the Surface Pro 9 with ARM.
Expectations for the Surface Pro 9’s chassis include more rounding of the edges, a thinner profile, and possibly moving the Type-C ports to the left side, with the Surface Connect staying on the right. This design mirrors the Surface Pro X, except that even the ARM-based Surface Pro 9 is expected to vent as close to the top as Intel-based systems (but likely no fan).
The Surface Pro 9 with 5G technology will be Microsoft’s first non-phone with 5G technology. The company has been more conservative than other OEMs about providing high-speed cellular access to Windows PCs, many of which started rolling out nearly two years ago.
While offering two chips in one device may seem unusual, Microsoft is providing shoppers with a choice of AMD and Intel processors in Surface Laptop series For a few years. Incorporating an ARM-based chip into the premium Surface Pro non-X line is a big step in normalizing Windows on ARM as a legitimate alternative to x86-based processors.
Microsoft is expected to unveil the Surface Pro 9 along with the new Surface Studio and Surface Laptop in the next few weeks. Of course, those plans could change between now and the announcement of these devices.
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