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In late 2016, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced ‘Windows 10 on ARM‘ project and earlier this year, Qualcomm revealed that HP, Lenovo, and ASUS are already testing Windows 10 devices with Snapdragon 835 processor. We recently reported the specs of HP’s Windows 10 ARM device and today ASUS’ Windows 10 ARM device appeared on GeekBench.

The device with name “ASUS TP370QL” appeared on GeekBench and the benchmark has revealed the specs of ASUS’ Windows 10 device-powered by ARM chipset. The Windows 10 ARM device from ASUS comes with 4GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, according to the benchmark results.

The device scored 3,174 points in multi-core benchmark test and 818 points in the single-core benchmark test. However, the benchmark only measures the efficiency of the emulation and not the actual power of the device.

Windows 10 devices with the ARM-based processor are inching closer to a retail near you and recently Pete Bernard, group program manager for Windows expressed his excitement about the Windows 10 on ARM project. He revealed Windows 10 ARM devices will offer all-day long battery life and the results were also confirmed by Qualcomm.

“The PC space and the phone space have been sort of in parallel universes for a couple of decades… what two better companies to bring those worlds together than Microsoft and Qualcomm?” he said. While Windows 10 on ARM project sounds great, it’s difficult to forecast how sales will evolve after the first devices hit the market.

  • ShiverMeTimbers

    Arrr… Emulation takes a big hit on performance, slower than Intel’s Atom. Also on Geekbench4, HPE’s device even slower with single core of 745 and multicore of 2987. At this rate, Windows 10 on ARM laptops may end up like a glorified Windows phone in laptop size device.

    • Don’t fear the future

      Well, it depends on the numbers one uses. For example, the Geekbench score of the Windows on ARM device from HP about a week ago posted a score of 1066 and 3631; which is faster than the Atom Z8750 found in the Portable Gaming Device, the GPD Pocket which that CPU has a score of 1106 and 3082.

      And Geekbench only tests the CPU. I’d bet the GPU in the SD 835 is more powerful than the one in the Atom Z8750.

      We’ll see how this works out, but we shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

  • Iain Simpson

    Windows 10 on ARM, in its current form and on the SD835 seem to be a disaster, Android running the same SD835 gets double these scores.

    • Serpentbane

      Android running SD835 is unable to emulate full Win32 applications. When they test GeekBench on android, they use a native android app. When they test GeekBench on Windows 10 (x86) they use a native Windows application.

      When they test GeekBench on Windows 10 for ARM there is no UWP version of GeekBench available, and thus they need to test with the full Windows 10 x86 version of the application, emulated on ARM.

      To make a fair comparison, GeekBench first need to make an UWP application for Windows 10 store.

      • rjmlive

        Fair enough, but the proposal for Window 10 on ARM is running full x86 programs, including full Windows 10 benchmark programs.

        Is the emulation layer before Windows 10 or before the specific x86 or UWP app anyway? I have a feeling this emulation experience will produce poor results or at least difficult to compare fairly.

        Best tests would be against any apps available on both platforms and real world feel and experience. Perhaps pitting regular tasks like jumping between email, websites, youtube, apps, games etc between desktop, 10 on arm and Android are the best way to guage where 10 on Arm is at.

        • Don’t fear the future

          The emulation layer is during x86 / Win32 programs only. The rest of the OS natively runs in ARM; much like Windows RT did. UWP apps will run natively on ARM, no emulation needed. The Edge Browser will also run natively on ARM, meaning no emulation.

        • Serpentbane

          Windows 10 on ARM is not intended to replace native x86 computers, but you can run x86 applications if you like. I’ve seen a demo of MS running full Photoshop+++ on SD820, and it worked well, but if you work with PS on a daily basis you’d most likely buy a x86 system.

          Now, scoring lower than Android while emulating geekbench does not say user experience on x86 apps will be poor. Especially considering the type of x86 apps most people would use with these systems. In any case, x86 performance on W10ARM is infinitely better that android, chrome book, iOS or what ever, as those would not be able to run them at all.

          Yes, testing performance would require native apps for both. Still, what you can actually do and what needs you have should be considered. W10 is most likely a heavier OS than Andorid, at least until MS releases Andromeda (core os).

        • Serpentbane

          To be clear, W10ARM, UWP applications (including versions of office, edge and more) are all native ARM.

          The x86 emulation layer is only used with none UWP/ARM applications.

    • Stef

      Agreed, the SD835 have some very weak cores.

      Now imagine if Qualcomm was competent like Apple , even with half the geekbench score she would score more highly than any/most Intel low end offerings (~2200/5000).

      Intel was always lucky in budding heads with relatively untalented companies (qualcomm and AMD). If actually talented companies like Apple and Huawei (secondarily) offered their SoCs for this “x86” experiment Intel would be toast.

      Another narrow one for Intel. After pretty much poaching AMD’s talented engineers in mid 2000s, stopping nVidia from creating an x86 chip in late 00s, in late 10s would have to do with Qualcomm alone, the most unimpressive of all the ARM companies.

      I swear Intel should had been dead ages ago, yet they somehow survive … yet again.