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Microsoft and Qualcomm collaborated on the Snapdragon Developer Kit, which will go on sale this summer. While we don’t know how much the kit costs or what processor it uses, Qualcomm describes it as an “affordable alternative to other consumer and commercial devices.”
Knowing that, chances are the dev kit will run on the entry-level Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chip. And while ‘affordable’ can mean many things in the world of computers, the Snapdragon Development Kit almost certainly costs less than the $ 999 Surface Pro X, which is currently the best device for testing ARM64 apps in Windows 10 on ARM. .
Even if the Snapdragon Developer Kit doesn’t solve Windows 10 on its own on ARM’s app compatibility problem, at least it shows that Microsoft is trying to catch up with Apple. Released only six months ago, the new ARM-based M1 Macs already support a lot of apps natively and offer seamless x86 emulation. Apple clearly knows how to motivate developers, as it has managed to get native Photoshop for ARM Macs in less than a year – a feat Microsoft still hasn’t achieved with its ARM-based operating system.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon Developer Kit will be available for purchase in the Windows Store this summer. Price and availability are still a mystery, and Qualcomm still hasn’t announced which chip will power the device.
Source: Qualcomm via AnandTech