Senior Qualcomm Exec Microsoft's Lumia 2520 Destroys Microsoft's Surface 2
October 28, 2013 11:30 AM
Looks like there may be some Microsoft on Microsoft digital violence
Qualcomm Inc.'s (
) Applications Processor Product Management VP Raj Talluri suggested in
a new interview
Nokia Devices Lumia 2520
is going to utterly outclass
the Surface 2
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. (
), 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
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. (
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.
Qualcomm is very confident in the performance of its new Snapdragon 800 chips.
But unlike Anand Chandrasekher'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."
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