A mockup of Windows from promotional campaign | Image Courtesy: Microsoft.
During the Snapdragon X launch event in Hawai, Qualcomm dropped substantial hints suggesting the arrival of Windows 12 in 2024. Windows 12 is Microsoft’s long-rumoured next-gen OS with more focus on AI features like Copilot, Paint Cocreator, web apps, and Microsoft Edge.
Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon X Elite was tested on an unspecified “Windows OS”, leading to speculation about a new version of Windows, possibly Windows 12.
Rumours suggest Windows 12 may arrive in the second half of 2024, focusing on ARM optimization and AI integration, possibly featuring an evolved Copilot.
Windows 12 is expected to have a similar design to Windows 11 with potential new features like a “floating” taskbar and desktop widgets. A web-centric variant targeting the educational sector is also in development.
Qualcomm has partnered with Microsoft to rival Apple in the ARM race with Windows on Snapdragon-powered hardware. Apple Silicon “M” chips are famous for minimal power consumption while delivering power-packed performance in single and multi-core tasks.
Though announced earlier, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite has its market entry slated for mid-2024. In one of the CPU presentation slides, Qualcomm noted that the new ARM chip was tested on an unspecified “Windows OS”, differentiating it from the “Windows 11” used for Intel tests.
In the benchmarking process, Qualcomm said it tested the Snapdragon X Elite “Qualcomm reference design” laptop on “Windows OS.” In contrast, the Intel i7’s 1360P CPU (12 core) and i7-1355U (10 core) were tested on “Windows 11” using Samsung Galaxy Book3 models.