Microsoft Surface Pro X
The Microsoft Surface Pro X is a new type of thin-and-light portable device first introduced by Microsoft in October 2019. It has a custom ARM-based processor called the SQ-1, which has been co-developed by Microsoft and ARM. The custom processor is able to run most of the traditional applications one might use on Windows, such as Microsoft Office applications and web browsers. You can find which applications work and which don’t further down below.
Further to a mobile processor, the Surface Pro X also has thinner screen borders, a larger and more colourful screen, a thinner chassis and better battery life when compared to the Intel Surface Pro lineup.
The Qualcomm/Microsoft SQ1 Processor (Microsoft® SQ1™)
This new processor has been co-developed by Microsoft and Qualcomm to deliver more performance with as much little power draw as possible. This processor has a 3GHz clock speed, which also has 2 teraflops of graphical processing power, with support for LTE and full speed SSDs.
This is not the first time we have seen a mobile CPU being used by Microsoft in its Surface line-up. In fact, Microsoft had used an Nvidia ARM processor in its Surface device running Windows RT.
Windows RT was a special version of Windows which was developed for the NVidia ARM processor. Since the architecture of the NVidia processor was not the same as a normal Intel CPU, Microsoft had developed a special version of Windows in order to be able to run on such a chip, called Windows RT. Windows RT was only able to support applications which were built for ARM processors, and users could not run normal EXE applications which were not obtained from the Windows Store.
The Microsoft SQ1 processor is different from the NVidia ARM processor in that it is now able to run full Windows with support to some .exe applications such as Microsoft Office and some web browsers. This is due to the improvements done on Qualcomm’s mobile chips, which are now able to achieve three times the performance per watt than a Surface Pro 6. However, since this is not an Intel processor, it will not be able to run all applications you would normally run on a normal Windows machine.
Gaming on the Surface Pro X
The Microsoft Surface Pro X’s 13 inch 2880×1920 display is gorgeous and would make a great screen for gaming. Considering that it does not have an Intel CPU, it is not yet clear which games will work on this version of the Surface Pro. Furthermore, don’t expect to run Crysis on this Surface Pro, due to the performance limitations of the CPU and GPU. However, it would be interesting to see if it will manage to run older games such as Age of Empire 2, Max Payne or Doom.
Working Windows Store Games: Games compiled for ARM
We can confirm that all games available on the Windows Store which support ARM devices are confirmed to be working.
You can check whether games support ARM devices by looking at the game’s store page.
Working 32-bit and 64-bit games list
This list is currently empty and does not contain any games. We’ll be updating this list periodically with games that will run on this device.
Surface Pro X Specifications
11.3 in x 8.2 in x 0.28 in (287 mm x 208 mm x 7.3 mm)
Screen: 13” PixelSense™ Display
Resolution: 2880 x 1920 (267 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multi-touch
Brightness: 450 nits
8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM at 3733Mbps
Removable solid-state drive (SSD)6 options: 128, 256, or 512GB
Up to 13 hours of typical device usage
Microsoft® SQ1™ Adreno™ 685 GPU
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
Windows 10 Home5
Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial
Ambient light sensor
2 x USB-C™
1 x Surface Connect port
Surface Keyboard connector port
1 x nano SIM
Compatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction*
Cameras, videos and audio
Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video
10.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video
Dual far-field Studio Mics
2W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Wi-Fi 5: 802.11ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X24 LTE Modem
Up to Gigabit LTE Advanced Pro4 with nanoSIM and eSIM support. LTE Bands supported: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66
Assisted GPS and GLONASS support