Qualcomm’s high-performance Nuvia chips are finally on the way! But, it may not be available until late 2023.
While it may seem like a lengthy wait, we may eventually see Windows 11 laptops powered by ARM processors. It's believed that these new laptops can compete with Apple's latest Macs and MacBooks, which use the company's ARM-based M1 CPUs.
ARM chips, in contrast to Intel and AMD processors found in laptops and desktop computers, are more prevalent in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Yet, they are increasingly being found in laptops, providing advantages similar to those seen in smartphones. These include extended battery life and near-instant wake-up speeds.
On the other hand, ARM-based Windows laptops have not impressed technology fans as much as Apple's M1-powered MacBooks, owing to their high price and limited performance. Qualcomm's Nuvia chips, on the other hand, have the potential to change that.
The company’s President and CEO, Christian Amon, recently stated that the new chip would be “going after the performance tier.” Thus, we believe it will be aimed squarely at Apple’s M1 chip and the more powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max versions.
The prospect of ARM-based Windows 11 laptops finally being able to compete with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) and MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) is exciting. Plus, it may prompt Apple to be concerned. However, there will be a wait, a lengthy one. Amon stated that Nuvia's "development is on track," so it's unlikely that we will see the chips in laptops until late 2023.
That's still a long way off, and it gives Apple an even bigger lead. According to rumors, Apple will also debut the M2 processor this year (perhaps at WWDC 2022 in June), along with redesigned MacBooks and Macs. So the question is, would Nuvia be as good as Apple's next-generation CPUs? Will MacBooks maintain a step ahead if Qualcomm can only equal the performance of the present M1 chips?
We will have to wait until 2023 to find out. Nuvia might give Microsoft more time to enhance the Windows experience on ARM. The major flaw of the platform was the limited amount of programs that could run on it.
The majority of Windows 11 programs are designed for Intel and AMD architectures. Besides, Microsoft has done a poor job persuading app developers to migrate their apps to ARM. Aside from the fact that customers had to shell out a lot of money, users were also unable to run many of their favorite apps on Windows on ARM devices.
Apple has done a fantastic job pushing Mac program developers to build versions that can operate on the M1 architecture. Apple also includes the excellent Rosetta 2 compatibility layer. It enables older apps to operate with little performance degradation on M1 hardware. Microsoft and Windows software suppliers will need to make a comparable effort for Windows on ARM in order to compete with Apple.
In the meantime, Qualcomm is developing Snapdragon 8CX Generation 3 processors for Windows 11 devices. While they will be speedier than previous generations, it seems as if we will have to wait until Nuvia can compete with Apple's M1 CPUs. Let’s hope that it is not too late.
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