During its Build event dedicated to developers, Microsoft unveiled a somewhat special mini PC last May. Equipped with a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, it is intended for developers who want to work on Arm applications for Windows, in order to port the x86 and x64 versions.
Microsoft has fallen behind on these issues in the face of Apple, which has brilliantly succeeded in its transition to its M1 chips, the performance being there and the autonomy impressive. However, we have not yet tested the Surface Pro 9 Arm announced recently, which will hopefully be more efficient than the Surface Pro X released a few years ago.
The characteristics of the PC revealed
The Volterra is also equipped with the same 8-core Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor (four high-performance and four efficient) clocked at 3 GHz with an Adreno GPU part and an NPU (Neural Process Unit) dedicated to AI. The PC also has 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB SSD. On the port side, you can count on two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, a mini DisplayPort and an Ethernet port. For connectivity, wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 will be included.
The PC is very compact with its dimensions of 19.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm, and easily transportable with 960 g on the scale. Windows 11 Pro is pre-installed on the computer, which is sold for €699.