Microsoft launches its Volterra mini PC under Windows Arm

During its Build event dedicated to developers last May, Microsoft unveiled a rather special mini PC. Equipped with a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, it is intended for developers who want to work on Arm applications for Windows, to port the x86 and x64 versions.

Microsoft has fallen behind with these issues compared to Apple, which has succeeded brilliantly in its transition to its M1 chips, where the performance is there and the autonomy impressive. However, we have yet to test the recently announced Surface Pro 9 Arm, which will hopefully be more powerful than the Surface Pro X released a few years ago.

PC features 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 DDR4 RAM and an SSD of 512 GB. 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 a weight of 960 g. Windows 11 Pro is pre-installed on the computer, which sells for €699.

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