The next version of Surface RT (MSFT) will rely on both Qualcomm (QCOM) and Nvidia (NVDA) CPUs,...

The next version of Surface RT (MSFT) will rely on both Qualcomm (QCOM) and Nvidia (NVDA) CPUs, Bloomberg reports. Though details are scant, one likely possibility is that Nvidia (the sole supplier for the first-gen RT) will power Wi-Fi-only models, and Qualcomm will power 3G/4G-capable models. The report comes as all signs indicate Qualcomm is set to displace Nvidia as the Nexus 7's CPU supplier. Meanwhile, Microsoft is selling the 32GB version of RT for just $199 (a 60% discount) to schools until Aug. 31, the latest in a string of aggressive promotions ahead of a refresh that could be announced at the upcoming BUILD conference.

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  • dchi3
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    MSFT really must reduce the price of Surface Pro tablet from about $ 1000 to at least $ 500 in order to compete with light weight Window 8 laptops.
    18 Jun 2013, 08:22 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    That means the 7" Surface will be $199 - ha, ha!
    18 Jun 2013, 08:41 PM Reply Like
  • itbj2
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    Nvidia is about to give up on Tegra, so I am not so sure about this report.
    19 Jun 2013, 05:19 AM Reply Like
  • Stock Market Mike
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    Giving up? That's brilliant!


    It gets their foot through the door. They leverage their developer relations and GPU IP strength to get their GPU tech in a lot of different SoCs. They'll collect royalties, and standardize mobile gaming on their graphics hardware. That's a QCOM style move. Yes, it makes sense if Tegra4 flops - but it also makes sense if it doesn't!
    19 Jun 2013, 09:51 AM Reply Like
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