A recent Geekbench listing reveals interesting details about a future Microsoft Surface product, likely a laptop. The device is running Qualcomm’s ARM-based flagship chipset for Windows devices, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3.
The model name seems to be in line with previous codenames of Surface devices while the “EV2” designation suggests that the product has entered the hardware testing stage or in other words Equipment Verification Testing (EVT). In this stage, the maker is making sure that everything in the hardware is functioning properly before finalizing the external and internal design.
More interestingly, the Geekbench results suggest that the CPU can go against the 25W-rated Intel and AMD processors when it comes to multi-core performance. The Intel Core i7-1165G7, for example, scores lower in multi-threaded workloads on Geekbench. However, single-core performance is still higher for Intel and AMD chips.
For it’s unclear which device is being tested. There’s still some time before we get any solid leaks since the device has recently entered the hardware testing stage.