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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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RE: So MS was right
By Tony Swash on 10/28/2013 1:58:33 PM , Rating: -1
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the Currier concept Microsoft has been sitting on for over a decade, and the latest prototype of which was demonstrated in 2010 (before the iPad.)


There was no demo of a prototype, what there was was an animated FX movie showing a concept of what a Courier might do should it ever get built. The Courier was no more a real product than Apple's Knowledge Navigator in the early 1990s. Both were vapourware.

http://youtu.be/9bjve67p33E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmIgNfp-MdI

Surface is not an evolution of Courier. The Courier projects, whose cancellation caused the resignation of James Allard, was killed because it was seen to threaten the predominance of Windows. The Surface strategy has been a failure so far precisely because it is an attempt to extend Windows to tablets and retain a single OS spanning tablets and PCs, an approach that Courier would have broken with. Personally I think it's all moot because I don't think Microsoft has the design chops to design and build a functional and slick Courier device as it is portrayed in the fictional video above. Vapourware is easy.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20128013-75/the-...


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