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Looks like there may be some Microsoft on Microsoft digital violence

Qualcomm Inc.'s (QCOM) Applications Processor Product Management VP Raj Talluri suggested in a new interview with CNET that the Nokia Devices Lumia 2520 is going to utterly outclass the Surface 2 in performance.

He comments, "The performance on the 2520 is brilliant.  It's really at the next level. It's not even really a contest compared to Surface 2. In every area, it's much bigger, faster, and lower power."

The Surface 2 carries a 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor from NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA), disappointing some who were hoping for the fresh Tegra 4i.  The Lumia 2520 includes Qualcomm's latest a greatest system-on-a-chip, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and is Nokia Devices' first full-size tablet.  

Lumia 2520 with keyboard case

Microsoft's device is $50 USD cheaper at $449 USD versus $499 USD for the Lumia 2520.  The type cover for the Lumia is also slightly more expensive -- $150 USD versus $129 USD for the Surface 2's keyboard cover.

Surface 2 (L) and Surface Pro 2 (R)

Whichever device is the "better deal" -- the cheaper Surface 2 with a slightly slower processor, or the faster Lumia 2520 with a higher sticker -- Microsoft likely isn't losing any sleep or complaining about this free attention.  After all, it's competing against itself.  

While the Surface 2 is Microsoft-branded, the Lumia 2520 is produced by Nokia Devices, a division of Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) which Microsoft recently acquired.  Hence whichever tablet comes out on top Microsoft wins if either sells well.

This isn't the first time that Qualcomm has scoffed at the performance of the Tegra 4 compared to its Snapdragon 800.  And it's not the first time in the last couple months that a Qualcomm executive has been quoted making controversial comments.

Adreno inside
Qualcomm is very confident in the performance of its new Snapdragon 800 chips. 

But unlike Anand Chandrasekher's controversial rant about Apple's use of 64-bit architecture in its A7, these pointed remarks at least solely target a competitor's product (NVIDIA's).  By contrast Mr. Chandreskher's comments disrupted Qualcomm's own product plans, by casting its upcoming 64-bit chips in a negative light; subsequently he was reassigned, a move many viewed as a demotion for the poorly considered comment.

Qualcomm's Mr. Talluri also said that he isn't worried about Windows RT's struggles.  He echoes partner Microsoft's patient approach, remarking, "We have a longer term view on these things.  The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow. But the vision of a device that's both your entertainment and productivity device that you want to carry with you is going to be there. We invest for the longer term.  Google and Microsoft are very capable organizations, [with] lots of technologies.  [Microsoft] didn't hit a home run out of the gate on the very first [Windows RT] product, but they're working on it."

Source: CNET

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By Varun on 10/28/2013 12:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
Of course they'd say that. Hopefully they are right I can't wait to see benchmarks of the 2520.

Also for $50 more you also get LTE, which is pretty huge.

Personally I prefer the look and feel of the Surface but I can't wait to see a head to head comparison of these two devices.

RE: Shocking
By Solandri on 10/28/2013 1:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
I've always felt your phone should be the only device with LTE, and any other devices which need mobile Internet should tether to your phone via 802.11x wi-fi.

Putting LTE into every mobile device you own makes about as much sense as getting a separate DSL/cable Internet subscription for each computer in your home. Do you pay them extra every time you hook up another device to your main router?

RE: Shocking
By troysavary on 10/28/2013 1:21:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'd go for WIndows 8 myself, but if I wanted RT, it would be a tough choice. The Surface has incredible build quality but nVidia is a minus when to compared to Qualcomm.

RE: Shocking
By Varun on 10/28/2013 1:45:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's true, you can tether, but built in is going to be more dummy proof.

Although with WP8 GDR3 and Windows 8.1, the ability to create a hotspot over Bluetooth makes it pretty easy.

That being said there's a lot of reasons to have built in LTE. Personally I wouldn't do it, but it makes sense for a lot of people.

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