While Apple Silicon-powered MacBooks are already available and remarkably successful, ARM-powered Windows machines haven’t taken off. According to Qualcomm, the maker of the Snapdragon chips that power most of those machines, they’ll finally catch on starting in 2024.
In an earnings call, Qualcomm’s CEO, Cristiano Amon, said that “we expect to see an inflection point in Windows on Snapdragon PCs in 2024 based on a significant number of design wins to date.” Snapdragon chipsets keep getting better at running Windows, and more OEMs are signing up to use the chips on their computers, so Qualcomm believes users will finally start being seriously interested in Snapdragon PCs as an alternative to Intel/AMD-powered PCs in a couple of years.
ARM-powered Windows PCs like the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Snapdragon and the ARM Surface Pro have been around for several years, and although they’ve gotten better, they had a lot of limitations at first. And they still need to improve a lot. Their success also depends on whether third-party apps are willing to properly support them — while there’s a compatibility layer to run x86 software, it hasn’t been historically too good.
ARM chips are probably the future, though. While x86 CPUs are still dominant, ARM is able to provide advantages in power consumption, battery life, connectivity, and even performance if done right — just look at how Apple is doing at the moment with its M-series chips.
We’ll have to see how ARM PCs fare through 2023 and 2024, but if Macs can do it, why can’t Windows PCs?
Source: The Register
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