Surface RT is great device. You’ve got beautiful hardware, held back by a somewhat under-whelming processor. The Surface RT launched in October 2012, nearly a year after the Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip inside of it did. Now, clearly Microsoft has more planned for the Surface brand than the Surface RT and Surface Pro. Obviously for the Surface Pro we can expect some Haswell magic for their Intel processors, but what about Surface RT? How about Qualcomm?
Bloomberg is reporting that some of the newer iterations of the Surface RT will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. Sources with the Verge suspect mention that Surface devices with Windows RT 8.1 are currently being tested with the Snapdragon 800 processor. There are four models of the Snapdragon 800, the one currently being tested in the Surface does included LTE integrated into the chip. One common complaint with both the Surface RT and Surface Pro has been lack of mobile broadband in the devices.
Interestingly enough the report states that Microsoft will continue to make some versions of the Surface with Nvidia inside. Could different sized tablets in the Surface family powered by Windows RT use different processors? Looks like it.