Microsoft plans to compare ARM laptops to M3 MacBooks Microsoft plans to compare ARM laptops to M3 MacBooks

We have recently covered Alphabet’s move to release a version of Google Chrome that natively works with processors of ARM architecture. The line of laptops powered by them isn’t extensive at the moment, but, given that Microsoft is paying close attention to this silicon, too, it’s likely to explode rapidly, with all major hardware companies bringing such computers to the market.

Microsoft’s been monitoring Qualcomm’s efforts to deliver a truly competitive ARM processor for quite some time now. Since Windows 10, the company has been releasing a build of its flagship OS that doesn’t need an emulator to harness the power of an ARM-based CPU. So far, makers of such processors have underdelivered.

Qualcomm’s latest ARM line is Snapdragon X Elite, and Microsoft is so positive they’ll be better than anything else so far that they plan to announce laptops powered by them as AI PCs at the event to be held on May, 20. Moreover, the company is sure these computers with Windows on board will outperform Apple’s MacBooks powered by the latest M3 processors.

M3 MacBooks vs Windows 11 ARM laptops

ARM units are smaller and consume less power than their x86 counterparts, but these advantages come at the expense of processing power. Well, used to come, it seems, because the mentioned latest line from Qualcomm is supposed to have the respective issues solved.

At the event, Microsoft will reportedly compare Apple’s laptops with M3 chipsets and Windows-governed PCs powered by ARM processors. The benchmarks will revolve around mundane tasks, those that involve AI, and emulation routines. New silicon from the Cupertino company has been commercially available for some time now, so it’s safe to assume that all tests have been dry run.

Apple’s been taking pride in the performance of its latest processors; this is likely just a first episode of the competition series. Microsoft’s own hardware line, Surface, will also be extended with ARM-powered models, so if Apple is planning a retaliatory move, our bet would be they’ll target those specifically. Anyway, the real winners here are us the consumers: we get both the show and, ultimately, devices with the best value-for-money ratio.

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